Scoring 26 goals gives Ipswich City early boost
FOOTBALL: The Ipswich City Bulls men's and women's teams have made positive starts for different reasons.
The Bulls men drew 3-3 in their Capital League 1 encounter against New Farm United at New Farm on Sunday.
The Bulls women opened their Brisbane Premier League campaign by outclassing Holland Park 9-1 on Sunday night.
Bulls men's head coach Norbert Duga expects his team to build on the "numerous good chances'' his team created.
"I wanted to make sure the boys were up for it and get on top early. But we didn't start well at all and they were the better side for at least that first 30 minutes,'' Duga said.
"We just didn't adapt to the conditions, didn't look like we wanted to be there and were just out enthused.''
Despite that, the Bulls managed to level at 2-2 through newcomer Ronald Batal.
The Bulls then led moments later when Nathan Gee converted a penalty.
"I think we were clearly on top for long periods and just couldn't close out the game,'' Duga said.
"They probably had one clear chance all second half and scored on the counter which was a pretty deflating but the boys dug in well and equalised with about 10 to go and again pushed for a winner but we just ran out of time.''
Duga said his team would be stronger for its next match against Annerley at Sutton Park on Saturday night.
"The effort the boys put in during that second half was outstanding, and I am sure we can take plenty of positives into next week,'' he said.
Ipswich City's Reserve men's team made an encouraging start winning 6-0.
In the Brisbane Women's Premier League clash, the Bulls overran their opponents by eight goals at Whites Hill Reserve after leading 6-0 at halftime.
New coach Ian Carson was delighted with his team's commitment after a disrupted pre-season.
"I was very happy with the ladies. They were focused and adapted extremely well to the hot conditions,'' Carson said.
"They just wanted to get out there and do it.''
Although Holland Park are not considered one of the competition's top teams, Carson said it was a positive first game.
"I was quite impressed with our girls,'' he said. "They just took it up to them.''
The Bulls Reserves women also received an early confidence boost winning 8-0.
Carson urged the Bulls women to enjoy the win before refocusing on their first major test against UQ at Sutton Park on Friday night.
"We won't get ahead of ourselves but at the very least we know we belong in the BWPL,'' he said.
"We really have to be switched on because I think UQ will be the leaders of the pack.''
Weekend results from Western Spirit Capital League 1 games were unavailable.
State of play
CL1 men: Ipswich City 3 (Ronald Batal, Nathan Gee, Joel Munn) drew New Farm United 3.
Next matches: Saturday (3pm) - Western Spirit v New Farm United at New Farm. 6pm - Ipswich City v Annerley at Sutton Park, Brassall.
Women's Premier League: Ipswich City 9 (Sharni Wilton 3, Nikki Cox 2, Lareena Meiklejohn 2, Laidley Hunt, Tegan Gordon) def Holland Park 1.
Next match: Friday (8.30pm) v UQFC at Sutton Park.