WINNER ARE GRINNERS: Gympie Diggers player/coach Joachim Klein.
WINNER ARE GRINNERS: Gympie Diggers player/coach Joachim Klein. CONTRIBUTED

Diggers snag first win at home

THE GYMPIE Diggers division one team put on a show at One Mile on Saturday, beating BeeGees 3-0 in their fourth game of the Sunshine Coast Football competition.

Player/coach Joachim Klein said it was good to see so many people stay and support the team.

Many had been played their own games before the Diggers match.

Although walking away with their first win for the season, Klein thinks the team has a way to go yet.

Diggers played relatively well but it was a long wait before they put away their first goal.

No one scored a goal in the first half, and the game was well into the second half before the Diggers beat the keeper. .

Missed opportunities included a penalty kick, taken by Klein, as well as many other shots on goal by Diggers' strikers.

The game was more than an hour old before Diggers took control. Klein said the team showed more aggression on the ball this week.

BeeGees weren't as strong as the teams Diggers played earlier in the competition and instead of becoming frustrated, when the goals didn't come, they regrouped to find the back of the net.

"The BeeGees played like we have done previously - good in patches - but they made careless mistakes," Klein said.

Percy Cash had a good game at right fullback, especially considering it was his first time playing that position.

Striker Adam Cross peppered the keeper, eventually putting two overdue goals on the board. Billy Bayldon also found the net, bringing the score to three.

"Overall it was a good team effort," Klein said.

Diggers played a strong defensive game, winning most of the 50/50 tackles and finding aggression where needed.

"We worked well right across the field, in attack and defence, which was great," Klein said.

He has seen steady improvement in the team, which he hopes they will maintain.

"We've had a hard start but we know where we have to be now," Klein said.

Previous games have usually been close and the team has played well in all games.

"But now they know they can score and become a more competitive side."

The team won't be playing over the Easter break, but will continue to train. Klein said the Gympie Diggers division two side also did well to finish with a 2-2 draw.

They were leading most of the match but lost their momentum after a player from Glasshouse was sent off.

"They became too relaxed," he said.

Glasshouse scored the equaliser in the final two minutes.

The boys were devastated they did not win but it was better than a loss, he said.

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