KSS Jets show fight but it's not enough to stop UPE
A RED card to goalkeeper Chris Merrison added to KSS Jets' tough trip to the Football Federation Australia Cup.
It was the first time Kawungan Sandy Straits entered the national knockout competition, but had to conquer Wide Bay League heavyweights United Park Eagles to progress to the sixth round.
While they fought hard it was not to be the Jets' day.
Merrison's first half dismissal did not help the Jets but nobody could stop UPE as they ran rampant.
They scored four goals - two of which came from the spot - to set up a date with National Premier League side Sunshine Coast Fire.
Jets coach Phil Rimmer said his troops stuck to the plan but were punished for not playing 90 minutes.
"We controlled in patches but we're not playing for 90 minutes," Rimmer said.
"We're not consistently sticking the passes, we're not consistently moving into good space. We do it in patches and look really good but we let ourselves down.
"The boys worked hard and stuck to the plan. We had to make some changes as we lost our goalkeeper, and that's a key player out of the game."
UPE captain Jake Davis earned not only man of the match honours but praise from coach Joel Jamieson for his tireless efforts.
Davis scored two goals in the rout, and Jamieson said he was happy with his on-field general's form.
"He worked really hard in that centre," Jamieson said.
"It's a big field, a hot day, he did a lot of metres and scored a couple of goals.
"He led the troops really well so I'm very pleased with how he's playing."
Jamieson said his side started slower than he hoped, but eventually settled into a groove.
"I preferred the second half," he said.
"Yes, they had 10 men but my side started to listen to me a bit more.
"They were passing on the ground rather than the silly chip over the top.
"The first half was a bit of a pinball game."
Rimmer nominated Adam Young, John Cullen and Ethan Williams among his best.
Cullen performed strongly throughout the fixture, but admitted it was tough going for his 10-man side.
"They're a strong team but it's hard going down with 10 men for three quarters of the game," he said.
"We defended quite well in areas but we have to work on hitting feet and keeping possession.
"There was a breakdown in holding possession and passing the ball. We needed three-four touches on the ball before losing it."
The FFA Cup dream is over for the Jets, but Rimmer was most upset with how the score didn't reflect his troops' efforts.
"It's a great experience for them and it's a shame the score didn't show the tenacity of these blokes," he said.
UNITED PARK EAGLES 4 (J Davis 2, B Davis, D Cairney goals) def KSS JETS 0 at Hervey Bay Sports Club.