THREE of the five FNQ Football teams that competed in the Crad Evans on Saturday completed trebles, unfortunatley the Mareeba Bulls were not one of those teams.
Heading into the match full of confidence the Mareeba outfit began strongly and should have put a couple of early chances away which may have seen the game turn in a different direction but it was not to be.
Townsville’s Olympic side soon got on top of the Bulls scoring one goal, plus two others that were disallowed as they went into the break 1 nil up.
The exclusion of Lucio Da Rocha from the match due to injury was a letdown but even more so was the lack of midfield presence for the bull in the second half.
Injury saw the introduction of Dennis Allen earlier than he would have liked, but all of his experience and knowhow wasn’t enough to inspire his young team to a historical treble.
Another two goals during the course of the second half saw the Bulls go down 3-0 in the final.
A dejected Dennis Allen said after the match, this was a huge learning experience for the younger boys – unfortunately for us older ones we may not get another chance to experience it.
“It’s a little difficult to pinpoint where we went wrong, the difference in playing styles was there, they were very strong and physical in each position and very direct,” said Coach Allen.
“They were better than us all over the park, it just wasn’t our time, we will be better for it next year.
“We put the effort in we just didn’t get the reward.”
Full results of the Crad Evans Shield matches – The Fillies JCU Strikers had a 5-2 win against Brothers, men’s third division, Leichhardt Lions 1-0 winners over Ross River FC, men’s second division Douglas Dragons went down 8-7 on a penalty shootout against Estates FC, Youth division: Innisfail Cutters went down 6-2 to Rebels FC, premier women’s division Leichhardt Lions went down 4-0 to Brothers, and the Edge Hill Tigers had a narrow1-0 win Against MA Olympic FC in the men’s premier division.
The FNQ Football end of season presentaiton night will be held this Saturday in Cairns at the Pullman Internation Hotel at 6.30pm.