Hopes high as Energy notches up pre-season wins
AN understrength CQFC Energy continued its 2014 National Premier League build-up with a 2-0 win over Southside United on Saturday night.
Without a number of top-line players, and with coach Ray Wood in Canberra for a Football Federation Australian conference, the Energy recorded its second pre-season win in the club's third hit-out ahead of the 2014 season.
Under the watch of CQFC assistant coach Gary Skinner, the Energy boys hosted an impressive Southside at CQUniversity.
With the scorekeeper untroubled during the first of four, 20-minute quarters, it took a quality team effort to break the deadlock.
Just before half-time, the Energy moved the ball from inside its back line up the pitch, before Jordan Miller's cross sailed towards the far post.
On the end of it was Jordan Polkinghorne, who headed the ball back to Kevin Fraser who found the net.
"It was a good quality goal," Skinner said.
"The second quarter we weren't too happy with, but the other three we played really well."
He said during that 20-minute period before half-time, the Energy players strayed from their plans, but regrouped at half-time, and finished strongly.
"We had a few boys missing, but we played all right," he said.
Simon Hogard extended the lead during the second half thanks to a neat pass from Jordan Moran.
"It's the best preparation we can get because it gives the boys the opportunity to put into practice what they're doing at training," Skinner said.
"So far they're doing well at what they're trying to do."
The only injury concern was Madison McGuire.
Southside United hosts CQFC Energy in the return leg of the trials on Saturday.
CQFC Energy v Southside United
Pre-season fixture at CQUniversity
CQFC Energy 2 (Fraser, Hogard goals) def Southside United 0