Cap Coast capitalises in pre-season clash

Nathan Norris shooting prior to scoring a double against Bluebirds United on Saturday night. 228812 Picture: LIAM EMERTON

By Liam Emerton

The Capricorn Coast Eagles are flying high this week after a brilliant victory over Bluebirds United on Saturday night.

The two Central Queensland Premier League soccer squads played at Webber Park in a pre-season friendly contest.

After half-time the squads remained locked in a goalless stoush before Nathan Norris broke the deadlock by earning and converting a penalty.

Norris then doubled his tally on the night with a clinical finish into the corner to give his Eagles a 2-0 victory over last season’s runners up.

But it wasn’t just the result that was impressive – it was the way the Eagles’ style of play shined.

Playing it around the back – similar to what Berserker Bears attempted to do on the same ground last weekend – with an accurate and patient build up, the Yeppoon-based side was very easy on the eye.

It was the second time the team had laced up the boots in 2021 after playing a friendly against the Mackay Magpies last week.

Senior player Dylan Kussrow said that the Capricorn Coast side played really well.

“The result is one thing but our biggest focus tonight was to build on what we’ve been doing at training and just continue each week individually and as a team,” he said.

“[Playing out from the back is] something we’ve been building on for a long time.

“That’s how Cap Coast wants to do things and we just want to make sure we’re playing well.

“If you do that then goals will come your way.”

Kussrow maintained that the squad was happy with the win but wasn’t going to be too excited by a pre-season victory.

“We’re not too worried about scorelines in pre-season, everyone is just having a hit out and trying different things,” he said.

“The score’s not a reflection of how things will roll out.

“But in terms of the way we played, and the effort that our lads put into it, it was really good.

“We’ve got a young group of players who have had a year last year where they’ve learned alot, and it looks like they’ve started really well this year.”

Kussrow said he was glad to have the season coming back soon and was eager to get back out on the pitch.

“I just love playing again,” he said.

“The off-season was pretty long so it’s just been good to get out there and play with the boys.”

Kussrow thanked Bluebirds United for hosting the contest and said it was great to see all the clubs helping each other become fit ahead of the CQ Premier League season.

Capricorn Coast will have a week off before heading to the Frenchville Sports Club six-a-side tournament with two teams likely to be entered.