Injury brings down BITS? star striker

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A SUSPECTED knee injury to striker John Martin took some of the gloss off BITS' crushing 6-1 win against Bluebirds United on Saturday night.

Martin who was in red-hot form after scoring the first two goals of the game, was injured in a tackle midway through the first half and taken by ambulance to hospital.

The injury is a massive blow, not only for Martin who was starting to recapture his goalscoring form after missing last year with a similar injury, but to BITS who now sit in the Capricornia Soccer League First Division top four.

Coach Grant Nicolson said the injury put a major dampener on the win.

'Johnny was in great form, his two goals were sensational and that had us going, but he did his knee and that was it,' Nicolson said. 'He is a big loss.'

In front of another strong home crowd at BITS Field, the Islanders were ruthless in what was described by Nicolson as their best performance of the season.

We were outstanding, our start was sensational and we didn't give Bluebirds a chance,' he said.

'Our start was sensational and we really controlled the match from there.' Martin and his in-form strike partner Lee Veenhoven finished with two goals a piece, while Gerry Keenan and Matt Hills chipped in with goals.

Nicolson praised his team, but saved special mentions for Veenhoven and sweeper Matt McMaster.

'Lee was just sensational, while Matt was dominant in the sweeper role ? they (Bluebirds) just couldn't get past him,' he said.

BITS produced a good effort, but couldn't get the points against Bluebirds in the second division clash losing 3-0.



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