A BATTLING Ingham under-18 side lost 3-1 away to MA Olympic in their first North Qld Youth League game of the season.
The Olympians led 2-nil at half-time before livewire forward Ngiriyonsenga Kalisa grabbed one back – but the homeside added a third to seal victory.
It is the first time this Ingham side has played together and coach James Formosa was impressed with their display.
He said: ‘It’s gonna be an exciting year for the boys. We’ve got talented players across the field and I think we’ll cause teams problems.
‘Aiden Sanderson was outstanding at centre-back today and our two keepers – Ethan Coco and Logan Aird [who played a half each] – both made superb stops.
‘Kalisa’s got lighting speed and is a tricky player. Kolby Quabba is solid in the middle.
‘Nganji Collins has got magic feet. He’s the sort of player who makes others play better.
‘And our captain Dale Cantoni is a good leader. We’re looking forward to the next game’.
Both sides had chances in an open first half, which saw Olympic score twice.
But the Ingham Wolves hunted in packs at the start of the second period and pulled one back through Kalisa – who was first to latch on to a loose ball after a goal-mouth scramble.
Olympic hearts were in mouths, but Ingham’s comeback hopes were ended when the home side added a third, the game finishing 3-1.
Our under-18s travel to face Saints at Brolga Park in Townsville tomorrow night in their next fixture.
Squad: Logan Aird (gk), Ngiriyonsenga Kalisa, Aung Tin, Paryo Tun, Haydan Girgenti, Seth McCaul, Kolby Quabba, Ethan Coco (gk), Liam Jensen, Dale Cantoni (c), Luca Adornetto, Aiden Sanderson, Peter Hurlock, Ethan Giacomi, Nganji Collins, Abdul Abdulahi Hassen.
Ingham Women beat Wulguru 3-0 while the men’s first team lost 3-0 and the reserves lost 4-2 – both sides facing Saints Eagles Souths.
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