'Clockwork' preparation helps secure footy team's win
FOOTBALL: One of Western Pride's most consistent performers and the team's support staff received special praise after another successful trip to Cairns.
Pride head coach Graham Harvey was delighted to see tireless midfielder Adam Endean rewarded with two goals in the Ipswich team's 4-2 victory on Saturday night.
Last year's Player of the Year was among the team's best, keeping Pride in second spot in the hotly contested National Premier Leagues competition.
"It's the first time he's scored two for the club,'' Harvey said, arriving home after the trek north.
"He's travelling really well.
"He's probably one of those players that if you don't really follow us too much, probably goes unnoticed. But not from the boys who work with him and certainly not from the coaching staff.''
After Pride continued its winning run since February 17, Harvey also appreciated the work done by the club's support staff.
Manager Darryl Christensen and club co-ordinator Dan Burnell played key roles during a week Western Pride had to prepare for three matches.
"Darryl does his job superbly and just allows the boys not to have to worry about anything off the field, which is magic,'' Harvey said.
"Dan Burnell has organised the trip up in Cairns, making sure the food is all good and the accommodation was right, how we wanted it.
"We managed to get an early check-in to the hotel, which helps so the boys can get straight up there and get to sleep.
"All of that side of it has been brilliant.''
Pride's latest sound performance came after a 2-1 midweek FFA Cup victory and last weekend's 3-0 NPL win over Gold Coast United.
"Three wins in the week is magic stuff and the Cup win was nice just to get the boys moving forward with their development as well,'' he said.
Dangerous striker Andy Pengelly added another early goal to his tally after netting twice in the midweek win over Mt Gravatt.
After Cairns equalised, the record-breaking Dylan Wenzel-Halls did what he does best and put Pride back in the lead.
His latest goal gave Wenzel-Halls the club's season record for the top team. He has 20 goals already, moving past Peter Drager's haul of 19 in 2013.
Endean's double in the second half sealed another fine team victory.
"Another good start from the boys,'' Harvey said. "Happy how they played.
"The preparations were very good. It went like clockwork again.
"It helps the boys have a good start and then they just managed the game quite well.
"To go to Cairns up there and perform like we did, everybody's done a really good job.''
Harvey said being in second spot with a game in hand was pleasing as the top five NPL teams start breaking away from the pack.
Pride are back at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex fortress for their next match against Brisbane Roar Youth on Saturday night.
The Western Pride women lost their latest NPL clash 6-2 to Mitchelton at Teralba Park on Saturday night.
In this afternoon's Football Queensland Premier League match, the Ipswich Knights slumped to another 5-1 defeat.
Mitchelton, with former Knights striker Peter Drager playing at right back, dominated the game at Bundamba.
After some encouraging recent performances, the Knights were keen to end their losing run. However, the Ipswich team will have to regroup after another disappointing display.
State of play
NPL: Western Pride 4 (Adam Endean 2, Andy Pengelly, Dylan Wenzel-Halls) def Cairns 2.
NPL women: Mitchelton 6 def Western Pride 2 (Emma Barnes, Sophie Weatherby).
FQPL: Mitchelton def Ipswich Knights 5-1.