Bulls tamed in QT Cup

UNFORTUATELY for Ipswich football fans, the Ipswich City Bulls saved their worst for last in the QT Cup and an out-of-town team took the trophy home.

Oxley won the 2011 tournament with a 2-1 victory over the Bulls in front of an excellent crowd at Sutton Park in Brassall.

Oxley's win followed their 5-1 victory over the Western Spirit last Tuesday, ensuring they had the best aggregate for the QT Cup.

Bulls coach Trent Abel said he was very disappointed with his team's performance considering it knew the game would essentially be the grand final of the tournament with both the Ipswich Knights and Spirit no longer in contention after losing both their first-up games.

The Bulls comprehensively beat the Knights 5-0 last Wednesday night but could not repeat that effort against Oxley.

“We were much better against the Knights earlier in the week,” Abel said.

“There were not many good performers for us. I don't even remember who scored our goal.

“We just played bad really and I'm not quite sure why. There were a few changes in the team, about six or seven, but I don't think it should have affected us that much.

“But credit to Oxley, they played well. They were better than us and they did put pressure on our players throughout the game.”

The Bulls were behind 1-0 early in the first half, before regaining parity near oranges.

But Oxley kicked ahead with 10 minutes to go and the Bulls were unable to capitalise on some late opportunities.

The Bulls played a majority of first teamers in the QT Cup squad while the Knights and Spirit played predominantly reserve grade and youth players because their top squads had played in the Silver Boot competition, featuring the best teams in Brisbane, earlier in the week.

QT Cup organiser and Bulls official James Buchanan said he would love to change the timing of the tournament but was hamstrung by the long season.

“It would be better to have all the players available and not playing in the Silver Boot and we will look at that for next year, but it's difficult to find a week as it is,” Buchanan said.

“We can't have it after the season ends and getting it in before the season, which starts in February and ends in September, is hard.”

Buchanan said the tournament was a success overall.

“The clubs like being able to give their reserve grade and youth players a full run and I think it's been a success this year,” he said.

“The crowd on Saturday was good and we raised a decent amount of money for Brassall and Bremer schools, which were hit badly during the floods.”

Ipswich Knights beat Western Spirit 2-0, also at Sutton Park on Saturday night.

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