SERVICES Workies keeper Jason Watt earned plaudits from both camps after Workies’ 2-nil win over Tudor Wests in their Tamworth men’s clash on Sunday.
While Isaac Farmilo’s two goals were the difference on the scoreboard, Watt was just as influential in handing Tudors their first loss for the season.
He was outstanding, Workies coach Andrew Farmilo said.
Tudors coach Sam Lobsey was also suitably impressed.
He said it was one of the best performances he had seen from an opposing goalkeeper in Tamworth.
“He made some brilliant saves, kept us out of it,” he said.
They also did a fair job of that themselves.
“I thought we played okay,” Lobsey said.
“The issue we had was not being able to put the ball in the net.
“We had numerous chances we should have and would have normally taken.”
Farmilo thought Workies played pretty well too.
The difference was they took the better of their chances, although they had their share of misses.
“Up front, we panicked a bit in the circle,” he said.
“We rushed our shots or took poor options.
“We probably didn’t create enough short corners for the time we had the ball in the circle.”
They made a lot of inroads out wide.
“We interchanged with our midfield guys and outside well, which created space,” Farmilo said.
He thought they probably took the points in the midfield.
“I thought we controlled the midfield a lot better than we have,” he said.
“That probably helped.”
They also defended “pretty well”.
Watt was hard to go past as their best but Blake Turner and Issac Woodley were also both good out wide.
It was one of those games for Tudors, with shots just going wide or hitting the post.
“I thought we defended pretty well,” Lobsey said.
That was reflected on the scoreboard. Not many sides have been able to keep Workies to only two goals.
“We felt we dominated for most of the game,” he said.
Andrew Finch was again great for them at the back. Lobsey thought Jock Evans was also strong through the midfield.
He and Finch were both last week named in the NSW U18 squad following their performances at the U18 titles.
Eight of the Tamworth side that finished runners-up caught selectors’ eyes, with Finch and Evans joined by Farmilo, Anthony Doolan, Matt Johnston, Tim Mitchell, Will Turner and Isaac Woodley.