Andy Cygan on the ball for the Whitsunday Miners during their 4-1 loss to North Queensland Razorbacks at Harrup Park on Saturday night.
Andy Cygan on the ball for the Whitsunday Miners during their 4-1 loss to North Queensland Razorbacks at Harrup Park on Saturday night. Tony Martin

NQ spoils show for Miners

IT wasn't quite the homecoming the Whitsunday Miners had hoped for.

In their first game at Harrup Park this season, the Miners slipped to a 4-1 loss to the North Queensland Razorbacks in the round six Queensland State League match.

A dominant performance in the first half set up the Razorbacks' win.

“They just played really well in the first half and scored early, which got us on the back foot,” Whitsunday coach Steve McDowall said.

He admitted the Miners were a “little bit hesitant” and gave the Razorbacks “too much room to move” in attack.

By half-time, the score was 3-0 in North Queensland's favour.

But in the second stanza, the Miners started to turn things around and, by putting plenty of pressure on the ball, limited the Razorbacks' attacking ability.

North Queensland only scored once more, and when Michael Van Moolenbroek collected a goal for the Miners, it put the scores from the second half at a respectable 1-1.

McDowall said he was pleased his players had kept fighting and didn't allow the scoreline to blow out in the second half.

“Even though we were 3-0 down, we didn't give up,” McDowall said.

He said the Miners weren't without their chances during the match, but the Razorbacks' goal keeper “made some really good saves”.

The Miners' next match is against competition newcomers the Far North Queensland Bulls at Mareeba next weekend.

The Bulls are one point ahead of the Miners on the ladder after a draw with Olympic on Saturday.

  • NQ Razorbacks 4 (David Mayes, Joshua Searle, Paul Scapelli) def Whitsunday Miners 1 (Michael Van Moolenbroek).
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  • QSL round six
  • NQ Razorbacks 4 def Whitsunday Miners 1
  • Harrup Park, Saturday

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