Magpies snatch late draw with WFC
SCORES finished level at 4-4 on the weekend with Whitsunday FC conceding two late goals as Magpies grabbed a thrilling draw in Mackay.
The eight-goal thriller had plenty of drama with Magpies twice coming back from two-goal deficits to snatch a share of the points. WFC Coach Anthony Nobilia conceded it was an opportunity lost, but was still pleased with his side's effort.
"We were up 4-2 with five minutes to go and I guess we just ran out of gas in the end. It's disappointing not to get the win but all the players tried very hard and I was very happy with the performance," Nobilia said.
"Joey Abedini was brilliant for us, he scored his fourth hat-trick of the season and just played outstanding."
Nobilia also praised the performance of Jarrod Lee who had a fantastic game and threaded some great passes through to his forwards.
A spirited second half fight back from WFC wasn't enough against Magpies, as they went down 5-3 in another high-scoring affair.
Magpies came out firing in front of their home fans, rocketing to a 2-0 lead after some enterprising football in the first half.
Down but not out, WFC needed to lift but things weren't looking good when Magpies stretched their lead to 4-0 with two quick second half goals.
Some resistance from WFC finally arrived as the team refused to lie down and pegged back two goals on their opponents.
A third goal from the visitors lifted their belief and an unlikely draw was on the cards before Magpies struck late to kill off their courageous comeback.
Captain Michael Lee was a standout performer on the day and fullback Matthew Page also impressed with a solid game leading the defence.
It was a tough day at the office for the women's team, with Magpies running rampant to record a comfortable victory.
Up against a far more experienced and well-credentialed side, WFC battled hard for the entire game but had no answers for the slick attack of the home side.
Games are on at the Whitsunday Sports Park this weekend with the Division 1 side battling Dolphins at 5pm before the Premier men take on the under-19 Miners at 7pm.