Fired-up Gympie snatch win
STAND-IN captain Jarod Healy led the Gympie Fire to a season-first back-to-back win at One Mile against Sunshine Coast Fire on Saturday.
Healy stood in for captain Tim Hollingworth, away for a wedding, when Gympie turned a feisty grudge match against Sunshine Coast into a winning streak when they clawed their 3-2 victory at home.
Assistant Coach Andrew Catton said the match was the third time the two Fire teams had faced each other this season and the game was yet another attitude-packed confrontation. The only difference was this time Gympie emerged winners.
He said the past few games had seen Gympie up their performance and endurance but the matches had ended in unfortunate losses, often in the last 10 minutes.
He said this time the team performed well and saw the results.
Catton attributed part of the win to Gympie's ability to handle the physical stance from the Coast, which drove their opposition to frustration.
"It was certainly very physical," Catton said of the game.
Last time Gympie met the Sunshine Coast the Coast won 2-nil, which Catton said was a turning point for Gympie.
He said the team had been working on pushing on for longer and following through with their points.
Catton said the proof that work was coming into effect could be seen in Gympie's last two wins, including a 1-nil win against Bundaberg Spirit on August 11.
The assistant coach said while the first 15 minutes were "woeful", Gympie dominated the last 20 minutes of the first half and the first 20 minutes of the second half. They were able to hold their rivals off 3-1 until the last minute, when Sunshine Coast got away a second goal.
Gympie has a three week break due to byes and the competition exit of the Gold Coast, but should get in a catch-up game against Brisbane Strikers.