Key signings, players returning give Spirit, Bulls boost

REGIONAL coaches Nick Paterson and Trent Abel were far from devastated about making early exits from this year's FFA Cup knockout competition.

Western Spirit and Ipswich City both lost 3-0 in their respective Friday night and Saturday night matches against Souths United and Tarragindi Tigers.

However, Spirit and Bulls provided enough encouragement to press forward in their opening Capital League 2 premiership games this weekend.

Spirit head coach Paterson was upbeat today despite watching his side lose its grand final rematch at Kippen Park.

"I'm very happy where we are at,'' Paterson said, having been boosted by key signings Brodie Kenyon and Lachlan Spurr.

"On a whole, the boys ran out 90 minutes. Things are looking really good.''

Paterson said missed opportunities proved costly on Friday night.

"If we had taken our chances in the first half, it would have been a totally different game,'' he said.

"We did enough in the first half to be 2-0 up.''

Paterson was pleased how the team battled on against the defending premiers, with former Brisbane Premier League player Kenyon and ex-National Premier Leagues talent Spurr adding strength to this year's Spirit combination.

Meanwhile, Ipswich City stand-in coach Trent Abel said conceding three soft goals was the most disappointing part of the team's performance at Sutton Park, a week before the Bulls open their CL2 campaign, also at home.

"A few guys were missing but no excuses,'' Abel said, filling in for new coach Norbert Duga.

Abel was encouraged by the effort of brothers Shaun and Jay Kitching, Andreas Heider and Andrew McWaters.

"We were okay,'' Abel said. "The three soft goals were just not good enough. Apart from that, it wasn't too bad.''

Western Spirit open their CL2 season against The Gap at Kippen Park in Saturday night's 6pm match.

The Bulls tackle Acacia Ridge at Sutton Park at the same time.

The Ipswich Knights open their Brisbane Premier League season against Albany Creek at Bundamba next Sunday afternoon.

Western Pride starts its National Premier Leagues campaign the following weekend.

State of play

  • FFA Cup preliminary matches: Souths United def Western Spirit 3-0, Tarragindi Tigers def Ipswich City 3-0.
  • The Capital 2 premiership kicks off with matches at Kippen Park and Sutton Park on Saturday.

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