Gallant Western hold heads high despite back-to-back loses at state titles

IT'S OFF THE WOODWORK: Country Western's Mickey Muratovic (green) was unlucky to hit the post in yesterday’s match against Metro East. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IT'S OFF THE WOODWORK: Country Western's Mickey Muratovic (green) was unlucky to hit the post in yesterday’s match against Metro East. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

COUNTRY Western could not back up Monday’s good result, suffering defeats to Metro East and Metro South on the second day of the Football NSW Under 14 State Titles.

Both losses were two-nil,  but Western had plenty of opportunities. Mickey Muratovic, who scored a double on Monday, almost gave the side the perfect start against Metro East when he hit the post early on.

Head coach John Rimmer was pleased with his side’s efforts against formidable opposition.

“They (Metro East and South) have a huge pool of players to choose from compared to who we have,” Rimmer said.

“Despite the two results, I thought we mostly held our own today and we had our chances to go up one-nil on the scoreboard -Mickey (Muratovic) was unlucky to hit the post.”

A shot at the state title might be difficult for Country Western but they are still well in the hunt to claim the Country Shield, awarded to the highest ranked team out of Western, Southern and Riverina. 

Rimmer lauded the opposition, despite his side competing well in the two matches.

“At the end of the day we were beaten, they (Metro East and South) were much more clinical and they took their chances well.”

Country Western will look to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeats on Wednesday with games against Metro Far North and Metro North.

In Tuesday’s other results Metro South beat Country Southern 4-nil, Metro Far South defeated Country Riverina 5-nil, Metro North beat Metro Far North 4-2, Metro West defeated Country Riverina 4-2, Metro Far South beat Country Southern 2-nil and Metro Far North won against Metro East 5-3.

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