Lions pile mis­ery on WFC in a heavy loss

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOTBALL: It was a game to forget for the Whit­sun­day Football Club on Satur­day in Mackay.

The Premier men’s team strug­gled against a dom­i­nant Mackay Lions who fin­ished the match 9–2 win­ners.

Go­ing into half-time 5–0 was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask and de­spite an im­proved per­for­mance in the sec­ond 45 min­utes, in­clud­ing a dou­ble from Nathan Soth­mann, WFC couldn’t stop the Lions.

Coach Ben Smith said it was hard to take any pos­i­tives from the game.

“We just got out­played,” he said.

“We tried a new for­ma­tion and it didn’t seem to work.

“We were a lit­tle bit asleep to start off with and men­tally (we) lost it a lit­tle bit and they piled on a few goals.”

A hand­ful of play­ers backed up from the Re­serves match which Smith said didn’t help, but he did have praise for one player.

“I thought (right winger) Harry Hod­gen had a good game. It’s prob­a­bly the best I’ve ever seen him play,” Smith said.

He said train­ing had been let­ting the team down.

“We’ve had re­ally weak at­ten­dances. (It’s) very hard to (work on) any­thing struc­turally without a full team at train­ing,” Smith said.

“Get­ting peo­ple at train­ing is the most im­por­tant thing.”

The Re­serves side also suf­fered a heavy de­feat as they went down 5–0 to Lions. The first half saw them only down 1–0 but a poor sec­ond half sealed the loss. The WFC ladies also strug­gled with num­bers, go­ing down 10–1 against Coun­try United.

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