Cougar’s Johnathon Sauer played well despite going into Saturday night’s match carrying an injury.
Cougar’s Johnathon Sauer played well despite going into Saturday night’s match carrying an injury.

Strikers rule in one-act affair

COUGERS coach Washington Gonzales knew Saturday night's away match with Brisbane heavyweights the Strikers would be tough but he was not expecting to come away with a 7-0 caning.

Nevertheless the experienced coach was realistic about the defeat saying the youngsters in his team are still learning about football and what it means to play against a good opponent like the Strikers.

“The kids did not perform badly and didn't make big mistakes it is just that Brisbane was a very good team,” he said.

With many of his players still under 21 years of age and making the massive step from local football into the Hyundai QSL it was always going to be a hard learning curve.

“It is hard to swallow a 7-0 defeat but the Strikers scored some wonderful individual and team goals,” he said.

The one area where the Cougars matched the Strikers was commitment and the coach was proud of the effort the players put into their game.

Both Trevor Wood and Johnathon Sauer carried injuries into the game but still gave everything.

“Johnathon had a solid game in the midfield,” Gonzales said.

“Trevor was under limitations because of his injury.”

Wood teamed up with Sean Jasperson in the middle of the Cougars defence after Michael Cay decided to drop back and play in the local competition.

Up front the pace of Chris Swain and Tyler Stross gave the Strikers a few anxious moments.

“We should have scored two or three goals,” the coach stated.

“Now we must look forward to our next game (against QAS at Jardine Park on Saturday).”

Gonzales said despite the heavy loss keeper Tim English was the Cougars' best on park.

“Tim made no mistakes and pulled off some good saves,” Gonzales said.

The Cougars pledged to introduce two outside players from this year and the club's operations manager Brad Smith hopes an arrival today will help boost playing stocks.

Kiwi Matt Davy will be here for at least three weeks to trial for the side

Smith said the 185cm, 75kg, 20- year-old is a defensive midfield player.



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