Weston Bears push Broadmeadow Magic in improved showing

LEADER: Weston Bears skipper Greg Anderson (pictured) and fellow defender Brock Oakely have shown strong leadership for their young team. Picture: Michael Hartshorn
LEADER: Weston Bears skipper Greg Anderson (pictured) and fellow defender Brock Oakely have shown strong leadership for their young team. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

A 10-man Weston Bears pushed Broadmeadow Magic all the way but were unable to convert their chances to grab the points.

The Bears went down 2-0, but the result flattered the Magic who scored in the 53rd but were unable to use their one-man advantage for more than 30 minutes against the Bears.

Their second goal came in the dying seconds when the Bears were reduced to nine men when Jacob Golding went off injured. 

Even then the Bears were still pressing for an equalising goal. A Bears throw-in was intercepted and the Magic’s James Virgili scored on the counter.

“It irks you a bit to concede that goal, but with nine men we were still trying to score a goal at the 94th minute,” Bears coach Steve Piggott said. “A 2-0 results flatters them as it was a lot closer.”

“We improved in every department of the game this week, bar executing properly and getting goals.

“If we do that better we will start win games.

“We are playing like a team that looks like it is going to get a result shortly and it’s positive.

“The boys are working their freckles out, they’re improving each week, growing in confidence. We need to just be patient and the results will turn our way.

“In the first half we had two clear chances. Jacob Millsteed’s missed with just the keeper to beat and James Thompson had a similar result from near the penalty spot.

“Nick Thompson had another good chance in the box in the first half but couldn’t hold his feet.

“Second half, Jamie Byrnes headed from two metres out but the ball went down to the keepers feet and he was able to spot it and clear. He just didn’t get it quite wide enough of the keeper.

You've just got to take those opportunities. You’re in the game up to your neck and you’ve got a chance to get a result.”

Piggott said the team’s pressure was impressive and they worked well again in defence with 17-year-old goalkeeper Kane Runge having a tremendous debut.

“He handled the pressure very well it was as good as debut as you can get,” Piggott said.

”We changed our shape to 4-3-3 this week and I think getting in their faces and attacking the game we troubled Broadmeadow. It made them kick the ball longer and put them under pressure.

“Unfortunately, when the Jordan Jackson went off for a second yellow card we had to go back to 4-4-1 and we struggled up front a bit finding the pass.

“Speaking to some of the Magic people after the game they quietly surprised and quietly impressed by the Bears.”