An Ipswich City Bulls player duels with his Annerley opponent during Saturday's Capital League 1 Reserve Grade match at Sutton Park.
An Ipswich City Bulls player duels with his Annerley opponent during Saturday's Capital League 1 Reserve Grade match at Sutton Park. Rob Williams

Ipswich City rival gives credit to opposing team

ANNERLEY assistant coach Nev O'Sullivan was among the first to congratulate the Ipswich City Bulls after their latest home win in a vital catch-up match.

Although disappointed with his Capital League 1 team's 4-1 loss, O'Sullivan still knows many of the Bulls players he coached for a number of years at Sutton Park.

"They deserved their win,'' O'Sullivan said.

"They (the Bulls) are solid.

"They are not as good as they were last year but they are the typical Bullies. They never give up.

"That's what I expected and we just didn't live up to it.''

The Bulls needed to win to keep pace with this year's CL1 top four.

The football victory also levelled the score at 2-2 between rival coaches O'Sullivan and Norbert Duga. O'Sullivan used to coach current Bulls mentor Duga.

About to move from Brassall to Bundamba, O'Sullivan is in his second year working with Annerley.

"I'm quite enjoying it,'' he said. "Hopefully we get what we aim for. We want to make Premier League this year.

"It's not that easy but we'll see how we go.''

On Saturday night, his team were 3-0 down when they had a player sent off in the first half following a melee at Sutton Park.

"We were off our game,'' the former Ipswich United and St Helen's defender said.

"We started slow.

"I think some of the guys put the cart before the horse last night.''

Nathan Manttan scored a double in his first match back from injury.

What disappointed O'Sullivan most was not turning up to play after a recent 4-2 win over competition leaders Toowong.

"We've had some good wins lately but they don't mean nothing when you throw away points like that,'' he said.

The Bulls and Annerley clash again on Friday night at Elder Oval.

The depleted Bulls Reserve Grade side held onto third spot in their competition despite a 3-1 loss to Annerley in the earlier game on Saturday.

Duga received a red card playing in that encounter.

Despite a player drain, Bulls coach Jamie Beahan said his team was battling hard and keen to challenge for higher honours this season.

"We're in a comfortable position,'' Beahan said.

"We just need to get some players back healthy and we'll be right.''

The Reserve Grade coach praised the top side team for their win over Annerley.

"They were outstanding last night,'' he said.

Capital League 1 catch-up match: Ipswich City Bulls 4 (Nathan Manttan 2, Mark Fancourt, Zygan Condie) def Annerley 1.

Reserves: Annerley 3 def Ipswich City 1 (Will French).

Next game: Friday night v Annerley at Elder Oval.