A LOSS in round one of the National Premier League is a lesson learnt for Tolu Kayode.

The Central Queensland Energy captain remained positive and proud after his squad lost narrowly to competition newcomers South West Queensland Thunder 3-2 at Jardine Park on Saturday night.

While disappointed with the defeat, Kayode said he was happy with the way his team performed and was sure they took a lot out of the clash.

"You learn a lot when you lose," Kayode said.

"We will have learnt a lot today and hopefully we'll bounce back next week."

Thunder's Ryan Ensor opened the match with a goal in the eighth minute.

But the Energy fought back to even the score, with Innocent Taban heading the ball into the goal from a wide free kick delivered by youngster Jake Wilson.

Moments before half-time SWQ was awarded a penalty from a poorly timed tackle inside the box and Jack Percy converted to give the Thunder a 2-1 advantage.

CQFC regathered in the half-time break and changes made by coach Ray Wood saw the Energy open their second half with increased intensity, control and possession.

Taban scored his second goal of the night to level the playing field for CQFC but it didn't last, with Ensor restoring the Thunder's advantage by striking home a loose ball inside the box.

The Energy fought hard to the finish but failed to net another goal.

Kayode said errors at the wrong time proved costly.

"Just individual mistakes at the wrong time but that happens in football; we ride together we die together," he said.

"We'll bounce back; in training this week we'll get down, we'll work hard and iron out the things we got wrong today (Saturday) and we'll put it right next week.

"I'm proud of the boys and we'll bounce back and show character."

CQFC Energy faces Palm Beach Sharks in round two of the NPL at Palm Beach on Saturday afternoon.


CQFC v SWQ Thunder

SWQ (Ryan Ensor x2, Jack Percy) 3 def CQFC (Innocent Taban x 2) 2.

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