Taipans continue to show strength
THE under 12-13s Proserpine Taipans competed in the second round of their 2011 competition last weekend.
The local side made up junior Proserpine and Cannonvale soccer players took on City Brothers (white) and enjoyed a 3-2 win over their opponents.
The squad of youngsters left the Whitsundays in miserable weather and were pleased to see the sun out shining upon their arrival in Mackay.
After having a great start to their season, the Taipans played very well against their opposition to ensure a win.
In what was a very even match, City Brothers capitalised on their scoring opportunities to score the opening goal, but this did not deter the determined squad from the Whitsundays.
Josh Moulton and Aden Spence had several strong attempts at goal while it was left to Matt Shoebridge who eventually sent the ball past Brothers goalkeeper to level the match at one all.
Up against a bigger and taller opposition, the local boys were keen and confident to show their opponents who were best.
Macauley Munro put in another great effort for the Taipans and didn’t let a ball past him in the second half.
After brilliant lead up work to get the ball to Matt Shoebridge, he once again finished off a great team goal.
With several big runs and after a few attempts, Hunter Mansfield was also lucky enough to score a goal.
The Taipans’ commitment was on show when City Brothers nearly had the ball in the net before man-of-the-match Jack McAllister threw his body on the line and virtually had the opposition run over him keeping them from scoring.
The Taipans were happy to hear the final whistle blow as they won the match 3-2.
Being their first year in the competition, the local players show continual commitment each week as they travel to Mackay to play as there is not a competition for their age group in the Whitsundays.
Until there is, the local players will continue to make their parents and region proud as they play in the Mackay competition.