Heartbreaking loss not all bad for WFC
LOSING on penalties is usually cause for anger and frustration, but that's far from the case according to Whitsunday Football Club (WFC) premier men's coach Bob Spees.
The premier men headed to Townsville on Saturday night to play the Rebels in the Northern Club Challenge, with penalties required to split the teams following a 3-3 draw at the conclusion of regular and extra times.
Despite the loss, Spees praised the team's effort and hoped it would spark them on for the remainder of the season.
"I couldn't have wished for better, they tried their hearts out," he said.
"Considering we didn't take any substitutes up they can hold their heads high."
Injuries to Mark Killen and Logan Cross crippled WFC, but with the help of some willing fathers in the stands they were able to continue with a full compliment.
The Rebels opened the scoring after 25 minutes only for WFC's Jarrod Lee to square-up barely minutes later.
With five minutes remaining in the first half Lee nailed a cracking shot outside the box to see WFC lead 2-1 at halftime.
Aforementioned injuries would take its toll in the second half with Rebels finding the net twice to lead 3-2.
With just 10 seconds on the clock WFC gained a free kick outside the box to miraculously equalise - sending the match to extra time.
Spectacular saves by both goalkeepers meant scores remained level at the end of extra time, meaning penalties were required to determine a victor.
Both teams converted three shots from five attempts, but Rebels would capitalise on their sixth shot to seal the match.
Spees praised 16-year-old Owen Hodgen who stood up valiantly at the death with some decisive plays.
Now the coach hopes to maintain momentum ahead of two massive encounters this weekend.
"We've got a double-header this weekend and we're hoping to pick up six points to get our competition up and going again," he said.
"We simply cannot afford to drop any more games if we're going to finish first or second."
In other results from the weekend, the WFC reserves went down to Magpies 3-2 while WFC Mackay Club League celebrated a 3-2 victory over Wests United.
The premier women had a bye but can look forward to back-to-back encounters against City Bros this weekend. The Whitsunday Sports Park will host WFC action on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
Whitsunday FC fixtures
Saturday, May 17
MCL v Rangers at 12pm
Reserves v Rangers at 2pm
Premier men v Crusaders at 4pm
Premier women v City Bros at 6pm
Sunday, May 18
Premier women v City Bros at 10am
Reserves v City Bros at 12pm
Premier men v City Bros at 6pm