AS regional footballers recover from their big day out at the Ipswich Cup, they have plenty to ponder.

Western Spirit won Friday night's local derby 2-0, after the injury-depleted Ipswich City Bulls fought hard in the first half.

Goals by captain Joel Hancock and Corey Lucas, from set plays, kept the bragging rights with Spirit after they also won the first derby earlier in the season.

In the match at Goodna, Spirit lifted in the second half to maintain their top four position.

The Bulls will need to build on their defensive efforts in coming games to stay away from the relegation zone.

The local derby was played at the same time as the Ipswich Knights produced one of their best wins this season against Logan.

The Knights ambushed the home side 4-1 in their latest Brisbane Premier League match after goals by Taiga Ishikura, Mitch Davis, Devon Munn and Lucas Wilson.

The important win shows what the Knights can accomplish when they have their best players available.

The Knights can build further momentum against Albany Creek at home next Sunday.

In last night's National Premier League clash in Ayr, Western Pride had a chance to at least secure a point before a late goal denied them victory.

Northern Fury won 2-1.

Western Pride remain on five wins and a draw, as they prepare to tackle the Strikers in Saturday night's next match at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.



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