ON THE BALL: Western Pride footballer Mambo Kashindi.
ON THE BALL: Western Pride footballer Mambo Kashindi. Chris Simpson

Pride on the rise heading home to Ipswich

HAVING watched his team finish strongly to secure a valuable point, Western Pride head coach Graham Harvey was confident his side could continue their improvement at home this weekend.

Pride tackle Far North Queensland in their next football match at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday night.

That follows Tuesday night's rescheduled National Premier Leagues match where Pride held home team Moreton Bay United to a 0-0 draw at Wolter Park.

After a previous draw against Brisbane City, Pride have moved into ninth place, just one win outside the top four.

While hoping Pride will soon notch their second win of the season, Harvey is encouraged by how his team is completing matches.

"Moreton Bay probably had the best of the first half and I thought we were very good in the second half,'' he said.

"A bit like the Brisbane City game, I think we walk away from it going 'well a point is not a bad point but we were disappointed not to win it again'.''

Pride, who finished 10th last season, are undefeated in three games.

Preparing to play Far North Queensland, Harvey expected his young side to be up for another big game at home.

"I certainly think there was an improvement last night compared to the Brisbane City game,'' Harvey said.

"The boys are finishing strong in the second half so no concern there with the fitness.''

Gabby Hawash, Mambo Kashindi and Will McFarlane were given their first starts of the NPL season.

It was new goalkeeper Justin Weier's first clean sheet since replacing Philippines Football League-bound Luke MacDonald.

Saturday night's match against the sixth-placed FNQ Heat kicks off at 7pm.

Meanwhile, the Ipswich Knights need to regroup quickly for their next Brisbane Premier League match after losing 5-0 to Easts in Tuesday night's rescheduled match.

After upsetting Lions in their previous game, the Knights struggled to find any momentum at Heath Park.

The seventh placed Knights have two wins, two draws and three losses preparing for their next game against Grange Thistle at Lanham Park on Sunday.

While the top side failed to match Easts, the table-topping Knights Reserve grade combination continued their impressive run. The Knights Reserves beat Easts 4-1 in the earlier game on Tuesday night.

Fresh from celebrating a first division cricket premiership with Centrals, proud Ipswich player Adam O'Sullivan scored the Knights' first goal before the team completed their fifth win from seven matches.

State of play

NPL: Western Pride drew Moreton Bay Utd 0-0.

BPL: Easts def Ipswich Knights 5-0. Reserves: Ipswich Knights 4 (Adam O'Sullivan, Beau Finlayson, Francis Patricio, Chris Scott) def Easts 1.