The Ipswich City Bulls Reserve Grade side are still in finals contention this season.
The Ipswich City Bulls Reserve Grade side are still in finals contention this season. Rob Williams

Bulls face mighty challenge after goal-scoring frenzy

FOOTBALL: After scoring 15 goals in two games, the Ipswich City Bulls are daring to dream of playing finals again this season.

And with a number of key players returning, head coach Norbert Duga is thrilled to have a stronger bench to choose from.

That was especially the case after Park Ridge forfeited the Reserve Grade clash at Sutton Park on Saturday.

However, after taking it easy early in the main Capital League 1 match, the Bulls charged to an 8-1 victory, a week after a more accomplished 7-1 win over Moggill.

Those back-to-back wins have lifted the Bulls back into the top four finals range. However, they face competition leaders Caboolture, second-placed Toowong and sixth-placed St George Willawong in their last three games of the regular season.

"If we can beat these three in a row, we probably deserve to have a crack at the finals,'' Duga said.

However, he knows his team will have to lift its intensity after "going through the motions'' against Park Ridge.

Pleasing for Duga was having sharpshooter Dane Grant netting six goals in the past two games.

The Bulls Reserve Graders are still in finals contention.