Youthful Spirit gain valuable experience
WESTERN Spirit captain Josh Murphy knows his team is enduring an unsettled season with a hefty injury toll and players being unavailable.
Murphy is one of those players, being busy with work commitments interstate conducting welding inspections in recent weeks.
He had mixed feelings about his team's 1-1 draw with Ipswich City in the latest Capital League 1 local derby.
"That was a good performance in the first half but the second half we sort of fell apart and lost our shape a bit,'' he said.
It was Murphy's first game back in a few weeks.
"In a couple of weeks, we should have all the boys back so we should be picking up a few more results,'' he said. "But I don't think that should be an excuse for it. We've still got enough players, enough quality in the team so we should be winning games.''
Having two catch-up games also gives the 10th placed Spirit side plenty of incentive to chase the packed top half of the competition.
"We'll get there,'' the defender said. "We lost our shape in the second half but that's something to work on and we'll pick it up next week.''
Murphy was a Lions junior, having two years in the Strikers under 20 team before joining Spirit.
Living at Springfield, he's happy to be able to continue playing football at Spirit.
"It's a local club plus I was working a lot and couldn't keep up with stuff,'' he said.
"There's a lot of new boys down here.''
While Bulls coach Norbert Duga rued his team's poor first half before dominating late in the game, Spirit mentor Matt Raub was happy to see his under 20 side battling hard.
"We're getting there,'' Raub said, confident his team can consolidate and build in the second half of the season.
"It's a learning curve and we have a few boys coming back over the next few weeks so that will make a big difference.''
In Saturday night's game, Raub conceded having so many younger players had an impact as the Bulls finished stronger.
"We probably lacked that experience in the second half and they really came at us,'' he said.
"Probably a draw was a fair result in the end.''
After completing their local derby commitments, Spirit head to Bellbowrie to play Moggill on Saturday night.
The Bulls' next meet New Farm United at Sutton Park on Saturday night.