Spirit aim up for Ipswich football derby

WESTERN Spirit co-captain Richie Armstrong hopes his team's latest goal spree provides a timely lift for Friday night's local derby at Goodna.

Spirit beat Moggill 6-0 in their first Premier Cup (knockout competition) match at Kippen Park on Friday night.

After receiving a rev-up leading 2-0 at halftime, the Spirit players finished the game strongly against an understrength Moggill outfit.

“The boys were pretty happy getting a few goals. We probably could have got a few more,” Armstrong said yesterday.

Armstrong said Spirit's next Division 2 premiership clash with competition leaders Ipswich City could determine their promotion prospects this year.

“We've got a pretty tough task next weekend,” Armstrong said of the local derby, which is being played on the eve of the Ipswich Cup race day.

“We've got to start putting it together.”

Armstrong shared his team's recent concerns about Spirit's first-round performance.

“We've had games where we've been up 3-0 and ended up drawing,” he said.

“I don't know what it is but it always seems to happen to us.

“Whether it's a mental thing or what, I'm not sure. We can't afford to do that in the second round.

“If we don't get promoted, it will pretty much be a disaster, a big disappointment.”

Spirit wasted a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 in the first round derby at Sutton Park.

The Bulls prepare for Friday night's return clash at Kippen Park after being eliminated from the Premier Cup competition. The Bulls lost 1-0 to Premier League side Mitchelton last Thursday night.

Attacking wing back Armstrong is hoping to contribute more after a frustrating first round hampered by a groin injury.

“I've just been in and out pretty much since the start of the year,” said Armstrong, who played a full game last Friday night.

“I'm pretty disappointed how I'm going. Hopefully I'll have a better second half.”

Armstrong praised Spirit newcomer Tim Cassey for making a difference in recent games.

“He's been absolutely brilliant. He's probably been our best player,” Armstrong said of the former Reserve grade defender. 

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