Tough day out for WFC

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

SOC­CER: It was a tough day on the field for the Whit­sun­day FC women at Ladies Day on Satur­day.

Coach Justin Bai­ley said the women played a “dif­fi­cult game” against the Mackay Wan­der­ers though the team is be­gin­ning to work well to­gether.

At the half-time siren the Whit­sun­day FC women were down 5-0.

The sec­ond half al­lowed the Wan­der­ers to surge fur­ther ahead and the fi­nal score was 9-0.

How­ever, Bai­ley said the score line did not at all re­flect the ef­fort waged by the team.

“We cer­tainly im­proved dur­ing the game. They got a cou­ple of early goals in and that prob­a­bly de­mor­alised (the girls) a lit­tle bit,” he said.

“To­ward the mid­dle of the game the girls picked up and played much bet­ter to­gether.”

The premier league team also played the Wan­der­ers at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark on Satur­day.

Off a good first half lead, Whit­sun­day FC went to the break with a two goal lead in round 13.

Premier league coach Ben Smith said the team stuck to their game plan by ap­ply­ing plenty of pres­sure to the mid-field and backs and forc­ing a turnover of pos­ses­sion.

But the team failed to cap­i­talise when in con­trol of the ball.

“We didn’t keep pos­ses­sion good enough when win­ning it, which is some­thing we have been strug­gling to do all year,” Smith said.

At the fi­nal siren the Wan­der­ers suc­ceeded in mount­ing a come back and took the win 5-3.

“Four of their goals came di­rectly from dead ball sit­u­a­tions, cor­ner kicks, free kicks, and penal­ties, which is re­ally frus­trat­ing and an­other re­cur­ring theme.”

Smith said im­proved player turnout at train­ing needs to con­tinue in or­der to iron out these kinds of er­rors.

The Premier men’s team cur­rently shares fourth place on the Mackay and Re­gional Foot­ball Zone lad­der with City Broth­ers FC, the two teams meet next week in a must win clash.

PHOTO: ALI­SON LANGEVAD

HEAD TO BALL: Whit­sun­day FC women went down 9-0 on Satur­day.

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