Clinical finishing after some luck lifts team Spirits
WESTERN Spirit rode some luck in their latest football match that keeps them in touch with the competition leaders.
However, it wasn't beating an understrength side that impressed coach Nick Paterson the most. It was the way his top four team remained focused after seizing on an opportunity in its 7-0 Capital League 2 win over New Farm United.
After New Farm lost their goalkeeper to injury, the visitors had more misfortune when a player was sent off in the first half for a tackle on Spirit's leading player Brodie "Red" Kenyon.
However, after only leading 2-0 at the break, Spirit displayed their attacking firepower with goal doubles to Kenyon, Lukas Kljajic and Zac Stephen. Charlie Kenyi was also among the scorers in the Saturday night match at Kippen Park.
"We were pretty much all over them 35 minutes into the game then Red had a 50-50 challenge with the keeper,'' Paterson said. "The keeper came off second best with a possible broken ankle.
"There was a delay for about 30 minutes waiting for the ambulance to come and take the guy off.
"Not long after that, we just went even harder and Red got brought down last man and they got a player sent off.
"To their credit, they (the Spirit players) were clinical in the second half and went on with it.''
Western Spirit's comprehensive win over New Farm United came a week after Spirit had a disappointing 1-1 draw with Park Ridge.
"The most pleasing part is we've played some really good football without the end product,'' he said.
"It was good to finally start putting a few in the net.
"We could have shut up shop at 2-0 and not gone on with it but the most pleasing thing was we were clinical and kept pushing.
"It's just a matter of getting a bit of consistency and putting a few back-to-back now.''
Paterson praised centre midfielder Maurico Arena for a fine 90 minute effort.
"It's one of the best games I've seen him play at the club in the two years I've been there,'' Paterson said.
Western Spirit play Pine Hills away in their next match on Saturday night.
The Ipswich City Bulls play in tonight's match against Annerley at Sutton Park before travelling to Hubner Park to play Park Ridge in another Sunday night encounter.