Lacklustre Kings happy with draw
TWEED Valley Kings managed to escape with a 1-all draw against Burleigh Heads on Saturday in what coach Craig Madden said “wasn't one of our better games”.
The Kings were out-enthused by a Burleigh side smarting after suffering defeat to Nerang the previous round.
Madden saw patches of good form from his side, whereas Burleigh were on the ball for most of the night at Pizzey Park.
Both sides had shots at goal during the first half but Burleigh was the better side and took a 1-0 lead into half time.
The Kings were looking in trouble, but with 20 minutes to go Matt Bruggy levelled the score.
He knocked the ball into the net after Chris Brown got his foot to a free kick and passed it on.
Luke Morley almost took the Kings to a surprise victory when he took a chance from a tight angle, but his attempt hit the crossbar and both sides had to settle for a draw.
The Kings looked good in the finals stages, but Burleigh were the better side for most of the encounter and Madden said “we were lucky to get away with the draw”, which keeps the side's undefeated season intact.
“We didn't turn up to play for the full 90 minutes,” Madden said.
“They are a very competitive side and would be one of the best we have played this year.”
“They came out first up to play and we just weren't on our game. In the end I am happy to take the point.”
The Kings' teenage goalkeeper, Josh Green, had an outstanding game and continues to impress Madden.
Captain Luke Craig was also one of the side's best, but was taken from the field late after suffering a corked thigh.
The injury looms as a huge blow for the side as it prepares to take on Magic United on Tuesday night, a postponed round-four clash.
Just three premier league games went ahead on Saturday due to the inclement weather.
In other results, Broadbeach United thrashed Surfers Paradise 6-0 and Palm Beach thumped Musgrave 8-0.