Ipswich City boost for post-Easter Cup duel
IT was a "complete turnaround'' and just what the Ipswich City Bulls needed after a stop-start beginning to their Capital League 1 season.
In beating Pine Hills 6-1 at Sutton Park last night, the Bulls registered their first win to go with an earlier 3-3 draw against New Farm United and thei previous weekend loss - 6-1 to North Star.
The Bulls are preparing for another clash with New Farm United in the next stage of the FFA Cup preliminary rounds. That match is on Tuesday night after the Easter long weekend.
Bulls head coach Norbert Duga was relieved to see his team finish so well after losing to North Star and being held to 1-1 at halftime in their latest game at home.
"We were a little bit defensive and a bit too timid in the first half,'' Duga said.
"Maybe we were thinking about the week before (conceding six goals).''
However, the team pushed forward in the second half being rewarded with vital goals.
Consistent performer Dane Grant returned to score two goals coming off the bench in the main game after also finding the net in the Bulls' 4-2 Reserve Grade victory.
"Everyone played well,'' the Bulls coach said.
"It was a complete turnaround from last week.''
The Bulls tackle New Farm United in the national knockout competition having beaten Park Ridge 7-0 and Bayside United 3-1 in earlier games.
Western Spirit's Friday night CL 1 match against Annerley will be rescheduled after the Kippen Park field was too wet to play on.
The Spirit players couldn't train last Thursday night due to a drainage problem in the middle of the field.
The players will train on Tuesday night - if the field is dry enough - before having a break over Easter.
State of play
Capital League 1: Ipswich City Bulls def Pine Hills 6-1; Western Spirit v Annerley to be rescheduled.
Reserves: Ipswich City def Pine Hills 4-2.
Next match: FFA Cup preliminary round quarter-final - Tuesday, April 3 (7.30pm): Ipswich City v New Farm United at Sutton Park.