Second half fight back earns draw
THE Whitsunday FC Premier League men came from 3-1 down on Saturday night to record a memorable 3-3 draw against the Wanderers in front of a vocal crowd at the Whitsunday Sports Park.
Missing some key personnel through injuries, the premier team fought hard and took a 1-0 advantage to the break thanks to Reuben McGloughlin who opened the scoring from a set piece after 25 minutes.
The visiting side turned the game on its head early in the second half scoring three unanswered goals to take a commanding lead.
With 15 minutes left on the clock and against the run of play Jarrod Lee produced a stunning long-range goal and the equaliser came when Joey Abedini turned in Mark Killian's set piece.
"It was a difficult match to sit through. Especially after seeing the lead that we took to the break, fall away so easily in the first twenty minutes of the restart," Premier's coach Anthony Nobilia said.
The division one mens sides run of good form came crashing down to Earth on Saturday night after going down 5-1 to a strong Wanderers side.
Captain and man of the match Michael Lee again led an injury depleted side to a spirited second half revival, but the damage had been done in the first half as FC conceded four goals before the break.
"There weren't many positives to take away from that game except for the fact that we stuck to our game plan in the second half," Nobilia said.
The Whitsunday ladies coach Ian Radford, had a welcome boost of a full squad to select from for the home game against Mackay Wanderers who just beat a brave WFC 1-0.
The greatly-improved Whitsunday ladies team were just beaten by the Mackay Wanderers 1-0 at the sports park on the weekend.
Both teams started with confidence and the Wanderers were soon aware of the change in confidence and the ability of the ladies from Whitsunday. The visitors soon realised that they were in for a challenge to score and produce any kind of result from the game.
"This was a true team performance, all players contributed massively in an extremely hard fought match," Radford said.
"This coming from the opposition coaching staff that only four weeks ago beat us 10-1 just shows the changes and belief that has been building from within the ranks of this team."
The Premier Men take on the under-19 Miners this Saturday, June 9 at the Whitsunday Sports Park at 3pm.