Kleinhans in Drager-like effort as Ipswich test leaders
WESTERN Pride captain Will Jordan described rising talent Cameron Kleinhans as "a hobbit version of Peter Drager" after his two-goal performance against the competition leaders.
Pride only lost 4-3 away to Palm Beach on Saturday night in another demonstration of the National Premier League team's potential.
Regular under-20 player Kleinhans made an immediate impact off the bench in his first NPL match, scoring in the 75th and 90th minutes.
"He came on and he tore them apart," Jordan said, explaining why the exciting youngster played like Pride's dangerous striker Drager.
"He's got the speed to turn defenders inside and out and he's got a good boot on him as well."
Although Pride are out of the finals hunt this season, Jordan was proud of his team's determination against the competition pacesetters. The Sharks have won 15 matches this season to hold first spot over last year's champions Olympic.
"It was a typical Ipswich performance really," Jordan said.
"It showed a lot of character."
The first time the sides met this season, Pride lost 6-0.
In Saturday night's return clash, the visitors changed tactics, with Jordan moving from the wing into a centre midfield role, linking with speedster Jay Kitching.
"We shocked them in the first half with a bit more of a defensive set-up so we had energy for the second half," Jordan said.
"It was a good move by Kase (coach Kasey Wehrman) and in the second half, he wanted us to push on.
"We did well with it and the attacking substitutions that come on really had an effect and we were in the game."
Scott's goal, from a Jordan cross over the top, brought the scoreline back to 2-1.
Kleinhans gave Palm Beach a scare with his double.
His first goal came from a Scott cross.
Kleinhans' second goal was more spectacular, with the ball bouncing on the rough Palm Beach field before the striker chipped over the keeper.
Jordan said Pride were determined to finish the season on a high, continuing with their next match against Strikers at Perry Park on Sunday.
Pride upset the Strikers 4-1 earlier this season.
"Kasey has only got three or four games left in the Pride and we want to give him as much of a send-off as we can," Jordan said.
After two seasons working hard with the Pride senior team, Wehrman is heading to Norway after completing his 2014 coaching commitments.
"We're not going to make the finals and that's disappointing to some degree but we just want to play the football that he's developed over the last two years and show that character which has been there since the beginning," Jordan said.