Revolution show form in pre-season game
GYMPIE-based Wide Bay Revolution players Percy Cash and Jarod Healy were standouts on the field on Sunday when their side took on Caloundra for a pre-season game at Caloundra.
While the under-20 and U18 Wide Bay teams conceded eight goals between them technical director Bill Mitchell declared the positives from the hit out.
The Australian Premier League club's U18s coughed up a late one-goal advantage to draw 4-4 with Caloundra, while their U20s were hammered 4-0 by a different Caloundra outfit, however, coach Mitchell felt the lopsided score line didn't reflect their dominance.
Missing strikers Jakob Lee, Jordan Dowden and Adam Bell, the Revolution struggled to find the back of the net as their opposition delivered at nearly every opportunity.
"I am still quite happy," an upbeat Mitchell said after the game.
"Fatigue started to show towards the end of the game but I am still happy with them, especially with the way they completed what I wanted like their transition and maintaining the ball for long periods of time."
Centre-back Cash and attacking midfielder Healy were standouts for the Revolution while Tim Merrick looked comfortable in a holding role in the midfield.
The Revolution's U18s looked certain for victory when Phoyx-Martin Smith buried a stunning strike from outside the 18-yard box to put the visitors ahead 4-3 before Caloundra equalised with five minutes to go.
Coach Andrew Catton praised his team's fighting spirit after slipping behind 3-1 at half-time.
"They showed great character to do what they did," he said.
"In terms of fitness we were far superior than them towards the end of the game and they couldn't compete with us.
"It's disappointing to draw because we should have had them."
Thomas Evans led the Revolution's fight back with two second-half goals, while Luke Murphy also made the scoresheet.
Coen Sealey's pace and attacking flair through the middle of the park helped the Revolution storm back into the contest while centre-back, and former Gympie Fire star, Jamie Van Beek stepped up against a more physical Caloundra.
With about nine of Catton's former Gympie Fire boys in the U18 and U20 Revolution sides, the local presence is strong in the competition and Catton said he's enjoying seeing the young players develop their skills, despite a chance in teams.
"I'm glad they've come in (with the Revolution)," Catton said.
The Revolution will head to Hervey Bay tonight for a pre-season run against Fraser Coast side United Warriors will back up for a game against Doon Villa at Maryborough on Saturday.