READY TO PLAY: Bobby Bracken and Adam Silva kick-off proceedings for the Eagles in their game at Webber Park in Rockhampton.
READY TO PLAY: Bobby Bracken and Adam Silva kick-off proceedings for the Eagles in their game at Webber Park in Rockhampton. Matthew Holdsworth

Brave Emerald Eagles left feeling a bit blue

IN COLD, wet and miserable conditions where even FC Barcelona would struggle, the Emerald Eagles can hold their heads high after a stellar performance which heartbreakingly saw them go down 2-1 to the second- placed Bluebirds FC.

When Bluebirds scored two late first-half goals, the Eagles could easily have thrown in the towel and gone for an early shower, but they hung on and clawed their way back.

From a set piece, centre mid Reuben Robinson stepped up to nail home a header for a goal to put the Eagles back in it.

Just minutes later a second raid from the Eagles front men Bobby Bracken and Adam Silva almost paid dividends but the cutback was cleared off the line, and centre back Shannon Elford hit the post.

Captain Glenn Gilmour praised his troops for never giving up at any stage throughout the game.

"I thought we were great across the park to be honest," Gilmour said. "They were probably the better side in the first half and we did well to hold them.

"But after our second half display I would have been disappointed even to draw.

"Matt Kirby was sensational before he got injured, Mick Tominich and Gary McDougall were great.

The Eagles reserves side also put a quality shift in, going down 3-1.

Attacking mid Jason Keogh did well to win the Eagles a dot shot to which Michael Moore converted.

Fullback James Anderson and forward Sean Hyun Woong were among the best for their side.


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