Lapses prove costly for 14s

TWO LATE saves from Gladstone goalkeeper Dylan Fry was what kept his Under-14 team's 2-1 loss against Bundaberg from being a worse result in yesterday's third round of the Inner City Cup competition.

More than 200 spectators - most of them parents and relatives - congregated at Brian Niven Park to see some great soccer action.

Just shortly after the home team held on to a gripping draw, Gladstone's Dylan Walz said his team began with promise, but fatigue late in the match proved costly.

"We dropped off in our intensity and they got the goal," Walz said. "We played a strong game at the start and our mids (mid-fielders) played really well."

The Brisbane Roar supporter was pleased with his input as a defender and likes to take on his opponents.

"I defended well and I like to build up attacks and set them up," Dylan added.

Unfortunately, it was also another loss for Gladstone in its second match against Fraser Coast.

Baillie Elliott slotted Gladstone's only goal before the visitors got two to seal the win for them.

Coach Ron Elliott was pleased how his troops played despite the loss.

After the first match against Bundaberg, Elliott got his players in a huddle and provided some words of encouragement.

"I'm happy with the intensity, but just dropped away in the end," Elliott said.

"Have a rest and get some food into you before our next game against Fraser Coast."

Tai Scott found the back of the net in the second game against Fraser Coast.

Central Queensland regional football development officer for Football Queensland Tom McDonald said all teams have played impressively and full of enthusiasm in the warm and sunny conditions.

"The teams played with good shape and intensity," McDonald said.

"I think the grounds and facilities were looking really good and the community and committee have done a great job."

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