TWEED Valley Kings' dismal start to the new Gold Coast Soccer Premier League season continued on Saturday with bad news all round for the club.
The Kings were beaten 2-1 by Magic United, lost star recruit, Ryan Cole, for up to six weeks with a broken fibula and two other key men were also forced from the field with injuries, Matt Bruggy (hamstring) and Ben Blair (ankle).
Adding salt to the wound was a hand-ball ruling from a linesman which resulted in Magic United's winning goal inside the final 30 seconds.
It has been a forgettable start to the season for TVK - a 2-0 loss to Nerang in round 1, a washed out second round clash with Gold Coast Knights and last Saturday's defeat.
TVK coach, Craig Madden was disappointed with the linesman's ruling as the referee had already signalled "play-on".
"They were awarded a free kick and after a goal-mouth scramble, they managed to find the back of the net for the winner," Madden said.
"A draw would have been a much fairer result but that was Saturday and all we can do now is focus on what needs to be done next week."
The Kings were very disappointing in the opening stanza and turned over possession cheaply on numerous occasions, much to their coach's chagrin.
Scores were 0-0 at half-time and the Kings went ahead in the 15th minute of the second half when Luke Morley beat the Magic 'keeper, however, scores were levelled 10 minutes later and remained so until the dying seconds.