Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Energy Waning as More Defenders Take Hits in Loss

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Energy Waning as More Defenders Take Hits in Loss

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CQFC EnergyCOs away loss to Western Pride at Ipswich ended in more casualties, adding to the growing list of injuries plaguing the National Premier League strugglers.

The Central Queensland team had targeted the match against the eighth-placed Pride as one they could win.

They were in the driverCOs seat for the first half hour, with midfielder Sander Waterland finding the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead over their hosts.

Chris Geddes and Chris Swain went close to making it 2-0 at various stages but missed their chances.

Then in the 30th minute, the wheels began to fall off.

Defender Matteson McGuire clashed with the PrideCOs striker and was forced to leave the field with a broken collarbone.

Jackson Ward replaced the defender, but the Western Pride took advantage of the interruption and within 10 minutes, wracked up three goals over the visitors because of C[pounds sterling]silly mistakes,C[yen] Waterland said.

Boosted by their resurgence, the Western Pride charged into the second half, and two quick goals extended the hostCOs lead. …

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