Passion and grit in last-gasp NPL loss

WESTERN Pride coach Kasey Wehrman concedes it's unfortunate that people who don't watch his team play could be missing the real story.

That is how competitive Ipswich's leading regional football team is in this year's National Premier League state competition.

With four wins, 27 goals for and 58 goals against them, Pride's second season has been a tough one.

However, former international footballer Wehrman said the table doesn't accurately highlight the commitment his loyal players are showing.

That was again showcased in yesterday's luckless 4-3 loss to the reputable Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park.

Coming from 3-1 down, Pride levelled at 3-3 before Strikers stole victory off a late cross.

"The last kick of the ball they scored from a corner," Wehrman said.

"Every team that we are playing are going 'these boys don't let go of it until the 90 minutes are done'.

"It was a really great effort today."

Strikers have a roster of 25 players compared to Pride having 10 injured or unavailable.

Wehrman is leaving the club at the end of the season proud of what his players have given him.

"They don't give up. They are building the foundations for the club," Wehrman said, heading to Norway after completing his 2014 Pride stint.

"And they are doing it in the right way. It's made with all that Ipswich grit and bite and tear and never give up attitude, which is great to see."

He's been impressed with under-20 trio Ryan McMaster, Daniel Kleinhans and Ben Lewis who have stepped up in recent weeks.

"The ones that are here are really doing the club proud," he said.

"It's a big learning curve."

State of play

  • National Premier League: Brisbane Strikers 4 d Western Pride 3 (Peter Drager 2, Chris Scott).
  • Brisbane Premier League: Lions d Ipswich Knights 6-0. Reserves: Lions d Ipswich Knights 1-0.
  • Capital League 2: Ipswich City 4 (Zygan Condie 2, Shaun Kitching, Ronan Geoghegan) d Oxley United 0; Slacks Creek d Western Spirit 1-0.
  • Reserves: Ipswich City 8 (Jamie Beahan 3, Dale Mcgeown, Chris Heider, Justin Gordon, Nathan Manttan, Nick Paterson) d Oxley United 0; Western Spirit 1 (Fred Kenyi).
  • Brisbane Women's Premier League: Ipswich Knights 7 (Laidley Hunt 2, Sheridan Mcculloch 2, Gabby Hein, Hannah Bianchi) d UQFC 0.

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