Exciting youngster Ryan Cole.
Exciting youngster Ryan Cole. John Gass

Kings set goals to net victory

DRIVE for show - putt for dough is a golfing term which means that no matter how far you can drive a ball it is play on the greens which normally means the difference between winning or losing a game.

On a soccer field, no matter how many balls you drive towards the goal, it is beating the goalkeeper which reaps the rewards.

Tweed Valley Kings' "driving" against Nerang in last week's Gold Coast Soccer Premier League opening round at Glennon Park was excellent, however the "putting" was less than ideal.

This classy outfit - blessed with high-class footballers from striker to goal - really peppered the Nerang goal but somehow failed to beat the energetic goalie even once.

"We would have had eight or nine good attempts at goal but they were either pulled or deflected by the 'keeper or were wide of the mark," said exciting new recruit Ryan Cole.

On the other hand, Nerang, which was outplayed all over the paddock for the majority of the game, had two chances to find the back of the net and did so, posting a 2-0 win.

"They got two chances with a free-kick and a penalty and converted both opportunities," Cole said.

TVK coach Craig Madden and his men would have been disappointed in the result but would have been buoyed by the overall display. Except for the you-know-what!

But with the run under their belt and perhaps a fair bit of "beat the goalie" practice at training this week expect the Kings to bounce back today with a victory against Gold Coast Knights who opened their account for the season with a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Merrimac.

TVK and the Knights clash at the Croatian Sports Centre at 6pm (NSW).

One of the key men for the Kings will be the 17-year-old Cole whose height, speed, strength and skills will ensure he plays a prominent role for the Kings this season.

A Year 12 student at Palm Beach Currumbin High and on its sports excellence program, he is enjoying the experience of playing at the premier level alongside "some really terrific players".

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