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19 April 2010

Gritty Bulls leave Western Spirit hurting

QT

WESTERN Spirit players felt gutted last night after conceding  points for the first time this season.

Dangerous Bulls striker Adam O'Sullivan scored the
equaliser just before halftime to set up an absorbing
second half.

WESTERN Spirit players felt gutted last night after conceding points for the first time this season.

However, the Division 1 competition leaders can wake up this morning knowing they are still unbeaten after their 1-1 draw with Ipswich City in the local derby at Goodna.

"The guys said it felt worse than losing the grand final (to City) last year," Spirit co-coach Nev O'Sullivan said.

"I'm not happy but at the end of the day, we worked hard.

"We just pounded them at the end and couldn't get the goal.

"It was like someone come and built a brick wall in front of the goals in the second half."

That brick wall defence of City left Bulls coach Trent Abel satisfied after last night's Kippen Park encounter.

"It wasn't too bad," Abel said, saying a 3-3 draw would have better represented the match.

"You try to take points away from home and try to win the ones at home. Derby games are always hard.

"We've done something other teams haven't done – taken points off Spirit."

Bulls conceded an early own goal, headed in by Zygan Condie.

Dangerous Bulls striker Adam O'Sullivan scored the equaliser just before halftime to set up an absorbing second half.

In a similar derby to the earlier one between Ipswich Knights and Ipswich City, the Bulls held on in the second half despite a series of attacking raids.

"We hit the post and had three cleared off the line," O'Sullivan said.

"You couldn't ask for more from the guys. It was a tight-edge game."

Luke Haydon played in the first half despite a hamstring injury and Shaun Kitching and Phil Randal also started despite injury concerns.

Josh Walton suffered a hamstring injury.

While sharing in Spirit's disappointment, O'Sullivan said the positive was his team was still perched on top of the table.

"The guys are gutted which is a good sign," O'Sullivan said.

Abel said his defence deserved credit.

Yesterday's draw keeps the improving Bulls in touch with the top five and will give them plenty of confidence for coming games.

In yesterday's Reserves clash, Spirit and City drew 0-0.

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