Injury-hit Bulls regroup for derby after Cup loss
FOOTBALL: The Ipswich City Bulls' charge in this year's FFA Cup competition is over.
After three victories, the injury-struck Bulls bowed out of the annual national series with a 4-0 loss to Peninsula Power at Sutton Park on Tuesday night.
The Bulls, who play in the Football Brisbane Capital League 1 competition, conceded all four goals in the first half.
Peninsula are competition leaders in the higher tier Football Queensland Premier League.
"The FFA Cup is a brilliant idea and I am sure something most clubs support,'' Bulls head coach Norbert Duga said.
"In terms of benefits, probably not a whole lot other than a bit of pride and achievement to go as far as possible. But to be fair, you've got more chance of getting injuries than getting many positives out of it.''
That's the case this week with the Bulls having a number of player concerns for Saturday night's return local derby against Western Spirit at Kippen Park.
Among players Duga is monitoring are Nathan Man-ttan (ankle injury), Joel Munn (ankle injury), Nathan Gee (calf strain), Jay Kitching (groin strain), Adam Thomson (knee injury), Loverney Bedia (ankle injury), Harrison Diehm (ankle injury) and Jack Ryder (ill).
The Bulls have also been without Michael Ward (in Europe) and Dane Grant (work commitments).
Duga said Peninsula provided a tough challenge for his side. "They're two leagues above, sitting top with a record of 12 wins and a draw from 13 with a goal difference of +38,'' Duga said.
"I would rate them as one of the best clubs sides in the state. They were just sharper, their movement was good, and we just struggled a bit in the first half.''
Duga praised Bulls goalkeeper Brent Witney for his effort against a quality attack.
"He was extremely busy at the back and pulled off some really good saves to keep the scoreline respectable,'' Duga said.
FFA Cup qualifying matches: Peninsula Power 4 (Sam Cronin 2, Dean Briggs 2) def Ipswich City Bulls 0 at Sutton Park.
Next game: Capital League 1 local derby - Saturday (6pm): Ipswich City v Western Spirit at Kippen Park, Goodna.