Busy Western Pride footballer Emma Barnes tries to control the ball in her team's 4-1 NPL loss to Capalaba at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
Busy Western Pride footballer Emma Barnes tries to control the ball in her team's 4-1 NPL loss to Capalaba at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex. Chris Simpson

Pride in jersey needed to inspire team

THE sombre post-game team huddle on the Briggs Road field symbolized more than disappointment.

It was a chance for the Western Pride women to ponder the important message from coach and former international player Belinda Kitching.

After watching her team lose 4-1 to Capalaba on Saturday night, Kitching questioned her team's commitment in a game she expected more.

"I just told them, how much do you want to wear this shirt?,'' Kitching said.

"If you want to wear this shirt, it's got to be a be a 90 minute performance.

"It's back to the drawing board and start the processes again.''

While accepting her young team is in a learning phase, Kitching was clearly looking for more after Pride had produced two wins and a draw before their third loss of the season.

"There was a lot of little things tonight,'' Kitching said.

"We started off so well and let ourselves down and the girls knew it.''

In the first half, Pride equalized at 1-1 through a goal by Madeline Hartwig.

However, that was the closest the home side came as Capalaba took its chances better.

Kitching hoped her team reflected on the loss and rebounded quickly.

"You've got to take the good with the bad. They've got to learn and that (lapses) can't happen in this league,'' she said.

"We've got to be able to be stronger and get a performance and get a result.

"It's self-belief.

"We need three decent sessions just to build the morale and get ready for next week.''

State of play

NPL women: Capalaba 4 def Western Pride 1 (Madeline Hartwig).

Next match: Saturday v Logan Lightning at Cornubia Park.



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