Pride play best, Knights at their worst
IT'S a team that thinks outside the square, literally, when the goalkeeper steps up to score a penalty.
That was the case when Western Pride's multi-talented custodian Steve Purdy netted the first goal on a winning night for his side.
Purdy seized on his chance at the other end of the field to kickstart his National Premier League team's 3-1 victory over Redlands United.
Delighted coach Kasey Wehrman was thrilled what his improving team accomplished against third-placed Redlands United, especially at the Cleveland Showgrounds.
"It was probably the best game they played all year,'' Wehrman said.
"They applied everything we've been working on and then some.
"Everything that we've been working on and doing for the whole year all culminated into one game.
"Against such a big scalp as well gives them a good boost now. It gives them that belief they can beat these teams.''
Pride's dangerous striker Peter Drager set up the win by playing a part in each of his team's goals.
The first was when Drager was felled in the box, securing a penalty.
Wehrman was happy to give Purdy the spot kick, knowing how much he backs himself.
"He's always confident,'' the supportive coach said.
"It is unusual but his technique is just as good as anyone else in the club. So I thought, why not?''
However, it wasn't until Drager scored the second goal that the visitors took charge.
Drager also set up Will Jordan for Pride's third goal.
"Peter had one of his games where he just bamboozled them,'' Wehrman said.
Drager played in a more central role to reduce his defensive workload.
Although Redlands had players sent off, Wehrman typified his side's growing confidence.
"They (Redlands) could have played with 12 or 13 players, it wouldn't have mattered,'' Wehrman said. "We would still have beaten them.''
In yesterday's Brisbane Premier League match, the Ipswich Knights wasted an opportunity to climb up the ladder.
The out-of-sort Knights lost 2-1 to lowly-placed Brisbane Force at Bundamba.
"It was terrible. We've never played so badly,'' disappointed coach Mark Dykman said.
"We just never turned up. We had six or seven new players in the side and I thought they would all step up.''
Knights captain Igor Sao Jose put his team 1-0 up in the first half before Force finished the stronger.