Tough day out for WFC
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.
HEAD TO BALL: Whitsunday FC women went down 9-0 on Saturday.