Kitching helps Bulls rise on 'awesome' field
HAVING spent three years with Western Pride, Ipswich speedster Jay Kitching knew how enjoyable it was to play on the Briggs Road Sporting Complex field.
He spent many hours at Ipswich's football headquarters during his 56 game career with the region's National Premier Leagues club.
However, returning to the Flinders View venue wearing Ipswich City Bulls colours provided added satisfaction.
During a special afternoon organised with Western Pride, the Bulls beat Brisbane Phoenix 2-1 in their latest Capital League 2 game.
Kitching, 24, scored the Bulls' first goal before captain Zygan Condie put his team 2-0 ahead at halftime.
Although having plenty of chances in the second half, the Bulls were unable to improve their tally as Phoenix issued a late challenge.
"We played well actually,'' Kitching said. "I think we dominated and deserved to win.
"We always concede a late goal but we put away so many goals that we are top of the league (53 compared to competition-leading Centenary's 51).
"They didn't really have too many chances until the last five, 10 minutes. We should have put them away earlier.''
Saturday's win lifted the Bulls to third behind Centenary and second-placed Virginia United.
Kitching was a regular player for Pride from 2013-15 in the early years of the club's development.
"I love playing here,'' he said. "The field is awesome out there.''
Away from City's regular home ground at Brassall, Kitching resumed where he left off in past seasons for Pride. He was dangerous every time he found room to showcase his speed up the right wing.
Kitching's goal was his sixth for the Bulls this season, trailing English recruit Ryan Adekoya New (16), Condie (11) and the suspended Dane Grant (10).
He praised his team for building some fine combinations as the CL2 season enters its crucial stage.
But before resuming the CL2 premiership, the Bulls tackle Acacia Ridge in Tuesday night's Canale Cup game back at their Sutton Park field.
State of play
CL2: Ipswich City 2 (Jay Kitching, Zygan Condie) def Brisbane Phoenix 1. Reserves: Ipswich City 4 (Brayden Norris, Dean Stenzel, Glenn Stenzel, Hunter Oxspring) def Brisbane Phoenix 0.
Rd 3 Canale Cup Tuesday (7.30pm) - Ipswich City Bulls v Acacia Ridge at Sutton Park, Brassall.