BEND IT: Bluebird's in form striker Liam McLean scored a stunning free kick against Cap Coast.
BEND IT: Bluebird's in form striker Liam McLean scored a stunning free kick against Cap Coast. Allan Reinikka ROK100617asoccer2

In-form Bluebirds continue march

FOOTBALL: Bluebirds United know to win a Wesley, you have to beat the best.

And you need belief.

They learned two things in Saturday's 3-2 win against Cap Coast FC; they can beat the best and they now believe in themselves.

Soccer, Cap Coast's Dylan Kussrow.
Soccer, Cap Coast's Dylan Kussrow. Allan Reinikka ROK100617asoccer3

The blue and white high tempo pressing game worked well against the previously undefeated Yeppoon side.

Promising young striker Liam McLean nailed a brace and skipper Jordan Polkinghorne sealed it from 12-yards.

Around the Grounds

  • Southside United 5 defeated Parkana FC 2
  • Bluebirds United 3 defeated Cap Coast 2
  • Nerimbera Magpies 0 lost to Clinton FC 5

Fitness and intense pressing has been the key focus for the last two months in training - and the results have come for Gary Skinner's side.

"We went in with a pressing game-plan to force them to play quickly, to the most part it worked well,” Skinner said.

"If our whole side, but particularly midfield collectively press, then we can really put the pressure on.

"It has worked really well for the last four-five weeks but no way near perfect.

"Our sessions have been very heavy as it is difficult to learn but the players are now believing in themselves.”

Soccer, Cap Coast's Mekwan Chatmonkon.
Soccer, Cap Coast's Mekwan Chatmonkon. Allan Reinikka ROK100617asoccer4

In only their second game at Webber Park, Bluebirds have set themselves a challenge of remaining undefeated at home.

So far, they're on track and gunning for four wins in a row. Unfortunately the bye will slightly halt momentum.

"It is great to be back at home, last two games we have had good numbers and the atmosphere has been great,” he said.

"Playing at home gives us more confidence and we want to make it very hard for other teams to get three points.

"We are a work in progress, we are a long way from that consistent standard that teams like Cap Coast are every week.”

Soccer, Bluebirds' Jordan Polkinghorne.
Soccer, Bluebirds' Jordan Polkinghorne. Allan Reinikka ROK100617asoccer1

Elsewhere, Clinton overcame a stubborn Nerimbera Magpies 5-0, while Southside United grabbed their first win of the season, with a crushing 5-2 over Parkana FC at Jardine Park.



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