STRONG SHOWING: Gladstone Wolves’ Dane Smith takes on Emerald Eagles defence during the premier men’s trial match at the Wolves Football Club in Gladstone on Sunday. Photo: Christopher Chan/The Observer
STRONG SHOWING: Gladstone Wolves’ Dane Smith takes on Emerald Eagles defence during the premier men’s trial match at the Wolves Football Club in Gladstone on Sunday. Photo: Christopher Chan/The Observer

Emerald Eagles fall prey to Wolves

EMERALD Eagles coach John Salogni was far from impressed by his premier men's division showing against Gladstone Wolves on Sunday.

The Eagles first XI lost 2-1 to the Gladstone club side, but was buoyed by the resounding success of the club's lower grades.

Emerald's premier reserves wholeheartedly stamped their authority on the match, winning 6-3 over the Wolves, while the Eagles women's side also walked in a six-goal victory.

Salogni said the Eagles premier side didn't have to look far for answers to their loss, with just three weeks remaining before the start of the CQ pre-season competition.

"Emerald beat Emerald at the weekend," Salogni said.

"We're a CQ side. That should have never have happened."

The coach targeted the side's lack of go-forward as its biggest downfall.

"We have got no attack at the moment. We were defending for 90% of the game," Salogni said.

"It was a big loss losing Ben Millar but that's no excuse. We played (like) rubbish.

"We need a bit of mongrel."

Salogni said the one saving grace came from their goalkeeper Glenn Gilmour, who almost single-handedly held the side together.

"He (Glenn) had a big game," he said. "He absolutely saved us.

"He copped a fair bit but he kept us in the game."

The Eagles' first and only goal came off the boot of Hayden Hearne, who struck a "beautiful hit" from a free kick to save his side from complete humiliation.

But it was to no avail with Gladstone edging one in front with just minutes remaining.

"… three minutes to go, they (Gladstone) put a pearler in," Salogni said.

With the Eagles' reserves playing the type of game Salogni was after, he said at this rate "a whole lot of reserves" could be in line for a late promotion.

Coverage on the Emerald women's win in this Friday's CQ News.


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