Spirit's comfortable win with a rev-up
WESTERN Spirit's higher level class ensured they kicked back strongly in their Canale Cup competition opener.
However, coach Matt Raub was far from satisfied with his Capital League 1 football team's 5-0 win over CL4 opponents Logan Village at Kippen Park on Tuesday night.
After leading 4-0 at halftime, the Spirit players turned off, earning a rev from Raub. That followed Spirit's disappointing 3-1 loss to New Farm United in Sunday's premiership clash.
"It was probably too comfortable,'' Raub said of the latest win. "They dropped their standard. I wasn't overly happy.''
Raub expected a more concerted second half performance.
Most pleasing for Spirit was the hat-trick scored by left midfielder Lukas Kljajic.
With another key goal scorer Dylan Goodman out for six-eight weeks with a facial fracture, Spirit need more players to find the net.
The past two games aside, Raub has been pleased with his team's progress as they look to play finals' football.
After giving his team a firm reminder to maintain the right attitude after Tuesday night's game, Raub heads into the Easter break knowing his team has plenty to build on.
"I do think the players believe they can push up if they want to and probably give that top four a really good shake,'' he said.
"Like all teams, it comes back to attitude and if they want it.''
State of play
Canale Cup Rd 1: Western Spirit 5 (Lukas Kljajic 3, Mauricio Arena, Andy Jarrett) d Logan Village 0.