Cougars leap into soccer cup campaign
By RACHAEL BORICH
THE Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Cougars have received the perfect insight into what is in store for their Football Queens- land State Cup campaign this season.
In their final trial game at Rockhampton's Ryan Park on Saturday night the Cougars played a scoreless draw against quality Brisbane club, Taringa Rovers.
Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw, of Rockhampton, said it was a good solid hit out, but his team would need to lift a couple of gears to get a result against Bris- bane-based club Pine Rivers at Ryan Park this Saturday, their State Cup season opener.
"We need to relax and make sure we keep possesion when we win it,'' Kilshaw said.
"In the second half we need more composure on the ball and we need to pick up the pace of the game.''
Kilshaw will finalise his team for the opener at training on Thursday night and one position still up for grabs is the goalkeep- ing duties.
Gladstone's Roger Bailey was safe in goal against Taringa, but was rarely called on.
The other contender, Rockamp- ton's Ben Blacker, was unavail- able for Saturday night's game.
Kilshaw was impressed with the performance of his centre mid-fielder Rockhampton's Tris- tan Fraser and fellow mid-fielder Yeppoon's Chris Griffin who both ran themselves to a standstill.
The Cougars best two scoring chances came late in the game, both courtesy of Griffin.
Gladstone's Lee Veenhoven was injected into the game in the second half and capitalised on his speed playing at left midfield to break away from his opponent and deliver the cross into Griffin.
Taringa goalkeeper Gerard Kel- ly got a hand to one attempt and the other was cleared off the line by a Taringa defender.
Fraser was named the Cougar's man of the match while former Bluebirds United player Brad Lacey was named Taringa's best player.