Wanderers claim win over WFC
SOCCER: In a top-of-the-table clash, the Whitsunday FC Premier Men couldn't match the Mackay Wanderers, going down 4-1 at home on Saturday night.
Going 2-0 down in the first half didn't help Whitsunday, but the team managed to hit back before half-time to make it 2-1.
However, any chance of a comeback was quashed, with the Wanderers dominating the second half, slotting in two more on their way to victory.
Manager Anthony Nobilia said Mackay was too good in defence.
"We found it hard to break them down," he said.
"They were more organised and put their chances away."
Kurt Ashley stepped up and did an excellent job at right back, with Sam Reynolds putting in his consistent best at centre back.
Nobilia said the team was still on track despite the loss.
"I've got no doubt they'll finish one of the top teams," he said.
"It's always grounding for a team to have a loss. (Wanderers) are a yardstick - they're something to look at and emulate."
The reserves enjoyed a much easier day out, running out 6-0 winners over a nine-man Wanderers outfit.
Although the team enjoyed a two-person advantage for much of the match, it was a frustrating game at times.
Whitsunday lost a man to a red card late in the second half, but it didn't help Mackay.
Nobilia said dominating possession wasn't always a good thing.
"When you've got that much time on the ball, you can often make mistakes," he said.
It was a must-win game for the team as they try to stay in finals contention with a tricky road ahead.
The Whitsunday Ladies' team also endured a tough game in a heavy loss to the Magpies Women Reign.
The match was always going to be tough, as the Reign is undefeated this season.
Whitsunday suffered a big loss during the match when Darcey Borellini went off injured.
All four Whitsunday FC teams will be in action at home this Saturday, with the Premier Men against Country United, the Ladies v Reign in a rematch, and the reserves and division one teams against the Rangers.