City celebrates double success with Pride
IT wasn't only moving into third spot that pleased the Ipswich City Bulls head coach on Saturday night.
Ipswich football fanatic Norbert Duga was delighted the Bulls received an opportunity to play curtain- raiser games before Western Pride beat NPL heavyweights Brisbane Roar 6-0.
"It was great,'' Duga said outside one of the Briggs Road Sporting Complex dressing sheds.
"We could play here every week.
"To come away with six points from both games, really, really happy.''
Before Ipswich City's top side held out Brisbane Phoenix 2-1, the Bulls Reserve graders won a fiery clash 4-0 over the same club.
Duga praised Western Pride for the regional initiative to involve the Bulls before an important state league match.
Apart from Western Pride's sensational victory to complete the night, a highlight was seeing all the Bulls juniors play mini games between the Capital League 2 and NPL encounters.
The kids received a roaring reception, no doubt encouraging them to continue their football careers in Ipswich.
As for his first team's effort on Saturday night, Duga was encouraged how his team repelled Phoenix's late charge.
"The shape was good,'' he said, particularly happy with his team's defensive effort.
"We talked about them being really good on the counter attack and we really wanted to make sure that we were compressed and just stood together and we did.'