Spirit still strong despite cruel loss

Western Spirit coach Darren Hillier
Western Spirit coach Darren Hillier Sarah Harvey

WESTERN Spirit coach Darren Hillier expects some better results to come his team's way after Easter following a luckless loss to Pine Rivers United on Saturday.

Spirit conceded a late goal from a super strike to lose 2-1 to the home side.

Spirit had dominated for large periods of the second half, equalising 1-1 through Raj Oshen.

However, Spirit lost captain Richie Armstrong to a calf problem and Pine Rivers capitalised on the reshuffled backline to find a 87th minute winner.

"The guy hit a wonder strike from about 25 yards on the angle into the top corner," Hillier said.

"You can't defend against those things unfortunately."

However, Hillier is backing his team to improve after its pre-season disruptions and delayed start to the new season.

"You can't fault the effort and the way the boys have gone about their two games," he said.

"I'm really disappointed for the fact that we really should have got something out of that game."

A positive sign was the return of goal-scoring ace Matt Taylor, who is regaining some fitness.

Spirit will chase their first win of the Capital League 1 season against Pine Hills at Kippen Park on April 6.

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