Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

WAKE UP FOR ENERGY; Young Team Burnt by the Classy Fire

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

WAKE UP FOR ENERGY; Young Team Burnt by the Classy Fire

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Byline: Michelle Curran

FOOTBALL: CQFC Energy got a rude awakening when they faced Sunshine Coast Fire in their inaugural National Premier League match at RockhamptonCOs Jardine Park.

While hugely disappointed with the 7-0 score line following SaturdayCOs round one fixture, the Central Queensland side was not deterred, viewing the match as one to blow out the cobwebs.

Coach Joe Fenech was frank following the match, saying the squad, which had a disrupted buildup to the opening round, had anticipated a tough encounter with last yearCOs Queensland State League premiers Sunshine Coast.

C[pounds sterling]Welcome to the NPL,C[yen] Fenech quipped. C[pounds sterling]We played fairly well in patches, but Sunshine Coast was a class above us, and we know now we are playing in this competition we will be confronted with teams of that level week in and week out...but thatCOs how youngsters get better and we are a very young squad.C[yen]

Three 17-year-olds made their debuts for the Energy on Saturday, including right back Steven Voss who was in the starting lineup, while midfielders Ryan Hickey and Jake Wilson also got some game time.

C[pounds sterling]I was impressed...despite the class difference, they presented themselves very well,C[yen] Fenech said.

The Energy started determinedly, defending well and doing all the coach asked of his players, but in the 16th minute an unforced error saw the Fire swoop and convert it into the first goal of the match.

This turned out to be the story of the night with the Energy giving away four of the seven goals through unforced errors.

CQFC started the second half trailing 3-0 and were quickly dealt another blow when their quality midfielder Jarod Lancaster came off injured, after being hit in the groin 15 minutes into the second half. …

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