Last-gasp goal a cruel blow for City hopes
FOOTBALL: A goal deep into injury time denied the Ipswich City Bulls what could be a decisive victory this season.
In a duel between Capital League 1 teams battling for a top four spot, North Star scored in the dying stages to salvage a 1-1 draw at Sutton Park on Saturday night.
Bulls midfielder Jay Kitching had put his team 1-0 up from some clever play stealing the ball before North Star's controversial goal.
"It was literally the last kick of the game,'' stand-in Bulls coach Chris Greaves said, unsure why more than seven minutes of injury time was played.
The Bulls had played some good football before having Chris Speranza sent off with about 15 minutes left.
Despite some decisions going against the Bulls, Greaves praised his depleted team for their commitment having 10 regulars out injured.
The Bulls Reserves maintained their steady progress winning the earlier game 5-0.
"It was just a massive test of the depth that we've got,'' Greaves said, already looking towards City's next match away against Pine Hills on Saturday. "We'll regroup over the week and go into the game pretty positive.''
The Bulls draw followed Western Spirit's topsy turvy clash with cellar-dwellers Park Ridge on Friday night.
After their "rocky'' start being 2-0 down early, the Spirit players regained their composure to score their biggest win of the season.
Among the players helping out was Reserve Grade goalkeeper Chris Morrall who guarded the net with regular Jack Fuller out.
"We weren't switched on at all,'' Morrall said.
However, after Spirit got back in the game, the goal rush was shared by a number of players including Lachlan Jackson, substitute Fred Kenyi and centre midfielder Travis Walters, who scored his first of the season.
The Ipswich Knights also lost their latest Football Queensland Premier League match - 4-2 to Souths at Bundamba this afternoon.