Background Picture: Jackson Franke - SWQ Thunder Men
Silver Boot Success
SWQ THUNDER FC MEN - PRE SEASON
The Senior Men have had a great start to the Kappa Silver Boot pre-season competition winning their first two games in convincing fashion.
Game 1 on Thursday 11 January saw Thunder take on FQPL team Ipswich Knights. Thunder got off to a great start with Nykodah Smith, playing his first game since returning from a stint in Brazil, scoring in just the second minute of play. A misdirected pass from Nicholas Edwards rebounded to his feet and a great strike from edge of the 18 yard box beat the Knights goalkeeper at the far post.
Thunder continued to create a number of good chances up front with new recruits, Travis Cooper and Christopher Hatfield, finding plenty of space down the flanks. Knights Goalkeeper, Declan Murphy, kept them in the game with a number of quality saves to see the half time score remain at 1-0.
After the break Thunder continued their relentless attack on the Knights goal with Murphy continuing to deny a goal. Lathan Dunn finally put Thunder up 2-0 with a world class volley from a headed Knights clearance. The goal celebration was almost as good as the goal with a spectacular round off and back flip!
Italian import, Federico Brusaca had a strong game at the back and Jack Percy controlled the midfield. Kimba Kibombo was also his usual destructive self every time he ran the ball. Thunder had a number of other good opportunities in the remainder of the half but the score remained at 2-0 at full time.
Game 2 on Tuesday 16 January saw Thunder matched up against FQPL side Holland Park Hawks who are coached by former Thunder coach Fernando Garcia.
Thunder once again created a number of opportunities early but were unable to convert on the score board. Hawks drew first blood with a well taken free kick finding the back of the net in the 29th minute.
Thunder leveled the scores on the stroke of half time with Kimba Kibombo blasting the ball into the roof of the net from inside the 6 yard box after a goal line scramble.
After the break Thunder dominated possession and the Hawks defence finally cracked when winger Travis Cooper beat the offside trap to coolly slot the ball past the Hawks goal keeper.
Christopher Hatfield had an opportunity to seal the victory in the final minute of the game with a penalty however he pushed the shot wide of the goal. Despite the penalty miss Hatfield was outstanding and created opportunities almost at will. Riley Lobwein also continued on from his impressive debut in Game 1 with another outstanding game at Centre Back beside Federico Brusaca who had another solid game. Jackson Franke and Wade Hall were also creative at attacking midfield and left back respectively.
The top of the pool clash between Thunder and host club, Lions FC, on Sunday 21 January will determine who moves through to the Semi Finals.
3rd Game, SWQ Thunder Men vs Lions FC, Sunday 21 January, 5.00pm