Gympie Diggers narrowly take second win for season

THE GYMPIE Diggers grabbed a narrow 2-1 win against Nambour Yandina United Saturday night, climbing further up the Sunshine Coast Football competition ladder.

Player/coach Joachim Klein said Gympie was the better team for most of the game but became too relaxed in the final minutes of the match.

"We thought we were going to win and lost urgency on the ball," Klein said.

"We thought things would happen automatically."

Diggers settled into a comfortable position early in the game when Joel Bond found the net in the first 10 minutes.

"We were all over them in terms of playing but unfortunately dropped back to their level of football," Klein said.

Adam Cross scored the second goal in the 60th minute and Diggers looked in control.

But the game changed after Nathan Nolan missed a penalty attempt that would have increased Digger's lead to three.Nambour Yandina made an unexpected comeback in the last 15 minutes, scoring a goal and catching the Diggers off guard.

Klein said it was mayhem from that moment.

However, Gympie were able to contain the opposition and bring home the win.

"All players could lift their game, Klein said.

"We are just were not getting to that next gear."

Klein said Dion Egden played well when he came on, considering he has not had many runs.

"He showed he is eager to be a part of the team."

At Thursday's training the team will be looking to increase their intensity and bring a bit more aggression back to the game.

Currently sixth on the ladder, Diggers are hoping to perform well in the coming weeks and on Saturday especially, when they play Maroochydore.

The Maroochydore side had a big win last game and is one of the stronger teams fighting for a top spot in the competition.

"In the next few weeks we will get a better measure of where we are and where we need to be in the competition," Klein said.

Gympie Times


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