Plucky draw is green light for coach's birthday celebration
IF the Ipswich City Bulls lost on Saturday night, they weren't getting a beer to celebrate coach Nev O'Sullivan's 50th birthday today.
However, after a gutsy 3-3 draw with Newmarket, O'Sullivan was happy to mark his milestone with a few drinks yesterday.
In a game where some of the refereeing decisions left O'Sullivan dumbfounded, the Bulls came from 3-2 down to draw level from a Lucas Wilson goal.
Reliable footballer Zygan Condie earlier delivered what he planned - two goals to maintain his goal/game average in the Capital League 2 competition.
However, Condie also accrued his fourth yellow card in battling hard. He'll miss this weekend's game against Narangba United.
"I can't fault that man. He's unbelievable," O'Sullivan said.
Just back from a week fishing and feasting on mud crabs, O'Sullivan also fell foul of the referee in Saturday night's match at McCook Park.
The experienced coach was sent from the dugout with about 10 minutes to go after questioning the referee's decisions.
"I was very happy with the point," O'Sullivan said of securing a draw at a difficult venue.
"They (Newmarket) are a tough Div 2 side and it's a tough field to play football on. Anyone that goes down and gets points from it is a bonus.
"It also keeps us on a roll."
The Bulls Reserves had a chance to equalise in the last minute with Ben Robson missing a penalty.
"Robbo" had earlier scored along with Justin Hilliard.
Meanwhile, Western Spirit were held scoreless by North Pine in their Capital League 1 home game on Saturday night.
The Spirit Reserves had a confidence-boosting 3-2 win on Saturday at Kippen Park.
Spirit came from 2-0 down at halftime to record their first win.
"We really needed that," club coach Billy Livingstone said. "They battled pretty hard recently without getting any kind of result.
"Hopefully it will give the whole club a little bit of a boost."