Spirit footballers eye Cup clash as Bulls also beaten
WESTERN Spirit will use Tuesday night's Canale Cup match for extra training and much-needed game time after a disappointing premiership loss today.
Hovering just outside the top four in the Capital League 2 football competition, Spirit went down 3-1 to New Farm United in their latest away game.
Goalkeeper and assistant coach Chris Morrall said although seven players were out injured, the club could offer no excuses for their poor performance.
"We just didn't turn up to the game,'' Morrall said. "We conceded in the first five minutes. We were asleep.
"We weren't focused enough.''
After recent washouts and wet weather disruptions, Morrall hopes Tuesday night's 7.30pm Cup game against Logan Village will revitalise his team heading into the Easter break.
Today's loss came after the third-placed Ipswich City Bulls lost 2-1 to competition leaders Centenary on Friday night.
Despite the defeat, Bulls captain Zygan Condie took plenty out of the game.
"They were a class team and we matched them,'' Condie said. "We didn't take our chances really.''
Condie scored his side's only goal late in the game after the home side built a 2-0 lead. "It hurt a bit more because we knew we could probably beat them,'' Condie said.
Bulls goalkeeper Brent Witney earnt praise for his vital efforts.
"They did some really good shots and he pulled off some really good saves and some one-on-ones,'' Condie said.
The Bulls were also without one of their strike weapons Jay Kitching, who has been struggling with a groin injury.
Having sat out Friday night's match and with an Easter break to rest, Kitching should be right to return soon as the Bulls make their finals charge.
"We've faced Spirit, Force (now called Phoenix), Centenary - a lot of the top teams - so far this round,'' the skipper said. "So if we can close out the round and get a few more good results like we have been against the bottom teams and the mid-table teams, we'll stay top four or top five going into the second round.''
State of play
CL2: New Farm United 3 def Western Spirit 1 (Lukas Kljajic); Centenary 2 (J Kleibo, S Khan) def Ipswich City 1 (Zygan Condie).
Reserves: New Farm def Western Spirit 7-2, Centenary def Ipswich 3-0.
Next CL2 games: April 22 - Ipswich City v New Farm United at Sutton Park; Western Spirit v Toowong at Kippen Park.