Cougars lose opener to Pine Rivers
By RACHAEL BORICH
FRENCHVILLE Sports Club Capricorn Cougars captain Craig Porter has endured a personally frustrating start to the Soccer Queensland State Cup.
Porter gave away a penalty kick, for bringing down a player, just before halftime in the Cougars' season-opening 3-2 loss to Pine Rivers at Rockhampton's Ryan Park on Saturday night.
Pine Rivers came out firing in the first half with fast, sharp attacking play.
Both teams had scoring opportunities with Pine Rivers hitting the crossbar off a free kick before Cougars striker Michael Steere had the crowd on the edge of their seats as his attempt curved away from the goal at the last second.
Pine Rivers' Koji Kanagawa opened the scoring in the 20th minute and then Yeppoon's Chris Griffin equalised about 15 minutes later, getting a touch on a cross from Cougars man of the match Craig Rowland, before Pine Rivers converted the penalty seconds before half time.
Rockhampton goalkeeper Ben Blacker was outstanding in goal during the opening half.
In the second half it appeared to be all Cougars with Rockhampton's Tristan Fraser controlling the midfield as the Pine Rivers players appeared to tire.
However, former Capricorn Coast player Josh Evans found the winning goal midway through the half.
Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw was disappointed with the final scoreline, but said it was a positive start to build on.
The Cougars host Wide Bay on November 5.