Western Spirit coach Nev O’Sullivan is keen for his team to enjoy the final stage of its Division 1 season, starting tonight at Goodna.
Western Spirit coach Nev O’Sullivan is keen for his team to enjoy the final stage of its Division 1 season, starting tonight at Goodna. Claudia Baxter

O'Sullivan wants spirit and flair

FINALS-bound Western Spirit coach Nev O'Sullivan sympathised with the Ipswich City Bulls after their luckless season ended in relegation.

The Bulls will return to Division 2 after a controversial 2-1 loss at Sutton Park on Wednesday night.

Slacks Creek sealed victory with a dubious second half penalty after the home team led 1-0.

Much of the talk yesterday was about the standard of refereeing with Bulls players and officials privately seething about some decisions.

O'Sullivan was at the game and agreed the Bulls were hard done by.

However, the Spirit coach's focus turns to tonight's opening Division 1 qualifying final against Moggill at Kippen Park, Goodna.

Spirit can set up another local derby in the final series if they win tonight and the Ipswich Knights eliminate Mitchelton in Sunday's qualifying final at Bundamba.

After what he considers a satisfactory season for Spirit, O'Sullivan is keen for his players to show their flair.

"It's time to go out and enjoy ourselves," O'Sullivan said.

"It's all about expressing themselves in finals.

"There's no points, you can't get relegated, you can't get promoted. It's about trying to get as far as you can."

Spirit will be boosted by the return of leading striker Phil Randal and tenacious defender Josh Walton, whose season looked over after injuring his knee eight weeks ago.

Stalwart Troy Wickstein will play sweeper.

Western Spirit lost the first clash 1-0 before beating Moggill 2-0.

STATE of PLAY

Tonight: Qualifying final (7.30pm) - Western Spirit (4th) v Moggill (5th) at Kippen Park, Goodna. Winner advances to semi-final, loser eliminated.

Wednesday night: Ipswich City relegated to Division 2 after losing 2-1 to Slacks Creek at Sutton Park.