Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cougars Cruise to 4-0 Win against United; Kilshaw Happy with Progress Made by His State League Squad

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cougars Cruise to 4-0 Win against United; Kilshaw Happy with Progress Made by His State League Squad

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

FOOTBALL: It should have been the Minniecon & Burke Capricorn Cougars big test against Wesley Cup holder Southside United but in the end the QSL team cruised to a 4-0 win.

To their credit, Southside made the Cougars work for the win despite the game being their first run out, but the game could really have ended as a contest after just 10 minutes.

It took the Cougars three minutes to grab a lead, with defender Dylan Kusrow nodding the ball home from a Michael Cay right-wing corner.

That goal could have opened the floodgates but Jesse Thompson, who had been lethal in earlier matches, missed a couple of golden chances, although it took an incredible save with his foot by keeper Brent Giles to block one of his kicks.

Giles also stopped Tristan Fraser with a good diving save as the Cougars opened strongly.

Coming out of that barrage just a goal in arrears gave Southside some confidence and they began to get rhythm into their game and stemmed the flow of ball into their goalmouth.

The first spell wasn't pretty as the battleground was set for the middle of the park. However, when the Cougars spread the ball wide to Cay or Johnathon Sauer they looked capable of breaking down the Southside defences.

Three minutes before half-time, Fraser got the Cougars' second goal from another set piece, nodding home after Kussrow headed a left-wing corner across goal for Fraser to finish.

At half-time Cougars keeper Gerard Kelly, who had been a spectator for the half, went in goal for Southside and immediately pulled off a stunning block from Thompson who then had the misfortune of being in the way as Fraser blasted the rebound goalwards.

Southside stayed in the game until the 75th minute before a fabulous goal by Fraser and one by Thompson left the Cougars with a clear 4-0 win.

"I was reasonably happy with the performances of both Cougars teams," coach Justin Kilshaw said.

"We went off the boil a bit in the second half when we were pretty much in control."

Kilshaw was pleased with Thompson and what he adds to the Cougars frontline. …

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