Fire burn broken Spirit
GYMPIE fans were treated to a football master class at the weekend as the Sunshine Coast Fire ran circles around Bundaberg Spirit at the One Mile Ovals.
The round 7 Queensland State League match was a home game for the Fire and Gympie turned out in force to witness an elite display of football.
Barely able to put a foot wrong throughout the match, the Fire broke Bundaberg’s spirit by recording a 5-0 win.
The Fire dominated from the very beginning and only gained in strength as the encounter wore on.
The Spirit had small pockets of resistance but was ineffective at piecing together passages of play that could hurt their slicker rivals.
As a result of the victory, the Fire has opened up a lead of eight points atop the Hyundai Queensland State League table.
The win also ensured salt was rubbed vigorously into the wounds of the Spirit, which is yet to record a win this season.
Goal scorers for the Fire included Chris Bacon with a double, joined by Corey Towle, Sam Knight and Ryan Delahunty.
The writing was on the wall for the Spirit when the whistle was blown to get the game under way.
Towle received the first opportunity to open the scoring when he found space 20 metres out from goal and fired off a shot. The ball sailed over the top of the goal but the Spirit was put on notice.
Not to be denied a second time, Towle, moments later, received a second opportunity and converted as the ball made a slight deflection before hitting the back of the net.
The Spirit attempted to respond to the early onslaught by tightening its defence, but the Fire began to heat up and found space to expose its rival’s weaknesses.
Just prior to half time, Bundaberg’s Elliott Causer had a chance to snatch an equaliser, but the Fire’s Antony Hall was solid in-goal.
It proved to be Bundaberg’s last real shot at avoiding a whitewash.
From there, the Fire, a team now responsible for beating every side in the Queensland competition, never looked back, tearing the Spirit apart.
Fire coach Aston Bell was pleased with the outcome.
“I thought we were in control of the game for large parts,” he said.
The Fire now plays the Far North Queensland Bulls in Mareeba next weekend in the hope of maintaining a flawless record.