Bulls display tenacity with derby on the way

A TENACIOUS Ipswich City Bulls performance has come at just the right time.

The first of two local annual local football derbies is next.

After a first round loss and win over Redcliffe, the Bulls displayed their trademark grit in holding competition leaders The Gap to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.

With Western Spirit notching their second win over Oxley United the same day, both teams can prepare well for Friday night's clash at Kippen Park.

New Bulls coach Norbert Duga was encouraged by the Bulls' commitment at Sutton Park.

"Overall, I was happy with the point,'' Duga said, having just returned from an overseas holiday.

"It was a great. We really worked hard.

"In the end we were hanging on and I guess were lucky to come away with a draw.''

Norbert praised defenders Mark Fancourt and Ben Ungermann for "exceptional'' efforts in the Capital League 2 encounter.

Captain Zygan Condie played a vital role up front.

Although the Bulls led 1-0 through a Fancourt goal from a corner, the home side only conceded once in the second half.

The Gap, one of the competition favourites, overpowered Western Spirit 3-0 in the opening round.

Spirit beat Oxley United 2-1 in their latest match at Dunlop Park on Saturday afternoon.

With the Bulls and Spirit players enjoying their clashes each season, plenty of exciting football can be expected in Friday night's CL2 and Reserves clashes from 6.30pm at Goodna.