Thursday, May 30, 2024


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Whitsunday United Weekly Football Highlights

The Sportspark saw an impressive display of football over the weekend, with Whitsunday United netting a total of 24 goals across senior matches, conceding only 2. Unfortunately, the youth teams did not fare as well.
Senior Men’s Division
The Divisional men faced the Wanderers in Mackay on Friday night. The Division One team fell just short in a closely contested game, with a goal from Caleb not enough to avoid their first loss of the season. However, the Division Two Men claimed their third victory of the season, with goals from Ali and Tate securing a win and moving up the ladder.
Youth Teams’ Challenges
The U13 Division had a bye, but the FQPL team faced a tough match against the Rangers. After an early equalizer from Sam, WUFC struggled against the Rangers' relentless attack, eventually losing 8-1. The U15 FQPL also had a challenging game against Lions in Mackay, suffering an 11-1 defeat despite their effort.
Afternoon Success at Home
The FQPL U23 Women started strong against the Wanderers, showing excellent communication and play from the kick off. Nicole's standout performance at left back, combined with solid midfield support and relentless forward pressure, led to a 5-0 victory. Goals were scored by Imo, Franny, Mabel (twice), and Keely.
The Premier Women also dominated their game against the Wanderers. With early pressure from Willow and Steph, supported by Dom and Emily in midfield, Dom opened the scoring, followed by Steph. Jess H. and Monique’s wing runs kept the pressure on, and Willow added a third just before halftime. The second half saw Jess W. orchestrating play, with Dom and Steph each scoring again and Monique sealing a 6-0 win.
Men’s FQPL U23 and Men’s Premier
The Men’s FQPL U23 team had a tough match against the Lions but broke through in the first half with a trademark long-range shot from Smithy. Goals in the second half from Lewis Elder, Lincoln Fricker, and Andres Vega secured a 4-0 victory.
The Men’s Premiers, seeking revenge against the Lions, showcased their prowess from the start. They went into halftime with a commanding 6-0 lead thanks to two early goals. Despite a stronger second-half showing from the Lions, Whitsunday wrapped up the game with a 9-2 victory. Jake Kenna scored five goals, Simon Rohan-Jones added a hat trick, and Alan O'Donnell rounded off the score with a bullet header. This victory solidified their second place in the league, keeping them within striking distance of the top spot.
The weekend at Sportspark was a mixed bag for Whitsunday United. While the senior teams delivered dominant performances, the youth teams faced significant challenges. The club looks forward to building on these results as the season progresses, with the senior teams aiming to maintain their strong form and the youth teams working to bounce back from their tough matches. The community remains hopeful and supportive as Whitsunday United continues to compete with determination and skill.

Contributed with thanks to Allan Milostic.

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