Spirit in zone for premiership bid
WESTERN Spirit strengthened their grip on the Division 2 premiership with a convincing 3-0 victory over Kangaroo Point Rovers on Saturday.
The Spirit are now two points clear of former joint leaders Ipswich City Bulls, who last night drew 0-0 with relegation-threatened Moggill at Brassall.
Western Spirit co-coach Chris McCabe said the ploy to train on Kangaroo Point's field a week earlier paid dividends.
“It is a tricky ground to go to,” McCabe said of the narrow field at Kangaroo Point.
“We played really well.”
After having a goal disallowed early, Spirit went 1-0 up when striker Phil Randal headed in a brilliant goal from good lead-up work by winger Steve Lennon.
The domination continued in the second half when Richie Armstrong nailed a free kick and Shaun Kitching headed home the third goal with about 20 minutes to go.
“The boys are just in a zone,” McCabe said, looking to Spirit's next clash with Redlands United at Kippen Park on Saturday night.
“We haven't had a goal scored against us in five weeks.
“The defence is working really well together.”
The competition-leading Spirit Reserves will have to wait at least another week to secure the minor premiership after drawing 0-0 with Kangaroo Point.
Last night, the Bulls defence featuring Mark Fancourt, Chris Sparanza and Chris Denman withstood Moggill's challenge at Sutton Park.
“The second half was probably the best we've played in about eight weeks,” coach Trent Abel said.
“We created a lot. We just couldn't finish them off.
“The pleasing part was the clean sheet, which we hadn't had in a while.”
The Bulls tackle Samford Rangers away on Saturday night.