WFC plays well but pays for mis­takes

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

FOOT­BALL: For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week, the Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club Premier Mens side de­liv­ered an out­stand­ing per­for­mance that shows they can com­pete with any team this year.

Play­ing the Mag­pies for the sec­ond week in a row and de­spite go­ing into half-time 1–0 down cour­tesy of a Mag­pies penalty, WFC were al­ways in the match in the 3–2 loss.

Whit­sun­day clawed their way back to 2–all through a penalty to Owen Hod­gen and a strike from James McEvoyBowe but a scrappy late goal to Mag­pies gave the Mackay com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers the win.

WFC man­ager An­thony No­bilia said while it was a good per­for­mance, the team had been their own worst en­emy.

“It’s three weeks in a row now we’re we’ve given away penal­ties. (It) puts us on the back foot,” No­bilia said.

“We need to start work­ing on mak­ing less crit­i­cal mis­takes in those dan­ger ar­eas.

“We’re just gift­ing teams the lead and chasing it from there.

“It’s not help­ing our case and that is what hap­pened against Mag­pies.

“I think ev­ery­one walked away dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get a re­sult.

“We prob­a­bly de­served to walk away with a point.”

Un­for­tu­nately WFC’s Nic Langevad suf­fered a se­ri­ous ACL in­jury in the game af­ter a hard chal­lenge.

“We’re go­ing to miss him dearly,” No­bilia said.

“His at­ti­tude, work rate and pres­ence on the field is go­ing to be missed.

“The whole club wishes him a speedy re­cov­ery.”

Whit­sun­day Re­serves en­joyed a rare win on Satur­day against Coun­try United af­ter a first-half penalty to Carl Nield was put away and a sec­ond-half header from Graeme Smith sealed a 2–1 win.

Whit­sun­day ladies had a tough day out against Mag­pies, go­ing down 15–0.

PHOTO: ALI­SON LANGEVAD

TIGHT TUS­SLE: James McEvoy-Bowe (pic­tured in ac­tion last week), put WFC level with his strike against Mag­pies.

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