Pride proves club can compete with best
THE Western Pride claimed another National Premier League heavyweight scalp over the weekend, knocking over the third-placed Brisbane City 4-2.
City were on a run of 13 straight wins before their trip to North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday.
The win was the second straight win over a top-of-the-table opponent for the Pride who beat the second-placed Redlands United 3-1 last weekend.
Goals from Devon Munn, Russell Woodruffe, Will Jordan and Peter Drager saw them overcome their more fancied opposition.
The first goal came just two minutes into the contest through Munn after a mad scramble following a corner kick in the Pride's first attacking raid.
Jordan said the team had been putting together a strong run of form.
"We started where he left off the week before against Redlands," he said.
Drager scored the first goal of the second half before City's late goal.
Jordan said the Pride was starting to put together a strong run of form and establishing themselves as a team deserving to play in the NPL.
"At the start of the year there were people saying we were just there to make up the numbers, but I think now we're starting to prove that we can be a real threat," he said.
Pride coach Kasey Wehrman said the team was starting to prove itself.
"They haven't been flukes either; they really went out there and played well," he said.
While conceding his team was unlikely to make the finals, Wehrman said he would be happy with a finish just outside the top teams.
"We said a while ago we weren't finishing anywhere near the top this year," he said. "We're trying to build a team for the future here to hopefully succeed in future seasons."
STATE OF PLAY
National Premier League: Western Pride 4 (Devon Munn, Russell Woodruffe, Will Jordan, Peter Drager) d Brisbane City 2.
Brisbane Premier League: Albany Creek 4 d Ipswich Knights 1.
Capital League 1: Pine Hills 2 (Matthew Hornsby, Jacob Mitchell) d Western Spirit 1 (scorer unavailable). Reserves: Pine Hills d Western Spirit 10-0.
Capital League 2: Ipswich City Bulls played last night.