Magpies swoop against Sunbury to claim first win
DOON Villa player-coach Joel Neilsen has identified the next three weeks as make or break for its hopes of taking out the inaugural Four Cities League title after notching its first win of the campaign on Saturday night.
The Magpies secured a crucial 4-3 victory over arch rials Sunbury courtesy of a late winner from Neilsen in their clash at Federation Park.
The Magpies opened the season with a loss to Gympie Diggers before sharing the points with Across The Waves last week.
But the next three weeks will truly determine if they can step up to the mark with the Magpies to face three Bundaberg sides in succession.
Neilsen felt the tough draw presents a good challenge for his team.
"We've just got to keep playing one game at a time and continue to improve," he said.
"We haven't had a full team on the pitch all year, but once we do that and everyone's confidence starts to build, we'll be trying to string three or four games together."
While you would be foolish to write the Magpies off as a contender despite their sporadic start to the season, Neilsen said there was growing confidence in the team they have turned a corner after Saturday's win.
"They (Sunbury) always lift when they play us so we had to make sure we played for 90 minutes," he said.
"We scored in the first two minutes and in the last two minutes, but we had a lapse during the game which most teams sometimes do.
"But the way they fought back to get the three points, I'm really proud of the boys for sticking it out."
Lining up his first game of the season, Robbie McPhie showed what an important player he is, using his strength to hold off players and win the ball back for his team.
Ryan Crawford was strong in the midfield, while teenage goalkeeper Cody Klein also shone in his first division debut.