Miners march past WFC at home
HOME ground advantage did little to help Whitsunday FC during their 5-0 loss at the hands of the Whitsunday Miners under-19s on Saturday night.
After going down early, WFC never really looked like challenging the Miners and were well beaten at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Missing key personnel against one of the competition's most dangerous sides, it was always going to be a tough night for WFC who were completely outclassed by a well-drilled Miners outfit.
Coach Anthony Nobilia admitted his side had been completely outplayed and said that his side were simply beaten by a far better team.
"They are a very strong team and the gap in class between the two sides was evident on Saturday. They train together four times a week and were just far too good for us on the weekend," Nobilia said.
"We really need to lift our efforts in training this week and try and bounce back to finish the season on a high note."
It was a familiar story for the Division 1 side on Saturday at the sports park, as they conceded late goals that cost them the result.
The Dolphins ended up narrow winners 5-4, after pegging back a two-goal deficit early in the first half.
After an early goal gave WFC an advantage, it was looking even better for the home side when they headed home a free kick to build a 2-0 lead after only 20 minutes.
With the game theirs for the taking, WFC made several defensive errors that allowed the Dolphins back into the contest and at half time scores were tied at 2-2.
Dolphins went on with the job in the second half, sneaking home to a gone-goal win in a high-scoring affair.
Nobilia rued his side's sloppy finish to the game, which he said has been a recurring theme all season.
"We started really strongly and then finished weakly which unfortunately has been the story of our entire season. We are performing well but not consistently and it's really hurting us," he said.
"Matthew Page was our best player on the day by far and we also had good contributions from Brendan Cook and Cy Taylor."
All three grades play Brothers away in Mackay this weekend, with the Womens and Division 1 teams kicking off at 1pm and the Premier Mens at 3pm.