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26 July 2010

Soccer: Western Spirit's high again after victory

ECSTATIC player/co-coach Troy Wickstein last night declared Western
Spirit were back after a gutsy 1-0 victory over competition leaders
North Pine at Goodna.

A goal by ace striker Phil Randal with 25 minutes to go gave the home
side a confidence- boosting victory after a few testing weeks.

"It was a good tough grind from all the boys," Wickstein said, after
playing a full game at sweeper.

"I'd say this is our little turning point for the season. It was a
very good result."

Last night's victory keeps Spirit well in the hunt for a top two spot.

Wickstein praised his team for its defensive effort with Tim Cassey
collecting the man-of-the-match honour.

"It was probably a Godsend against Lions (losing 6-0 two weeks ago) to
be honest," Wickstein said.

"We realised we have got to be ready to play every week."

Meanwhile, Ipswich City coach Trent Abel was a lot happier with his
team's effort despite a 2-1 loss to in-form Queensland Lions
yesterday.

The Lions only secured victory in the 91st minute from a free kick
that went under the wall and deflected off the heel of Bulls captain
Mark Fancourt.

The Bulls opened the scoring after Scott Niemi converted an early penalty.

Lions struck back straight away, setting up a tight second half.

"You can't fault the effort," Abel said, pleased to see more
commitment after the previous weekend's 3-0 loss to North Star.

"The boys stuck at it.

"If we did that every week, we'd get results. We've just got to fine-tune it."

Abel praised defender Nick Love for a strong defensive performance.

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