WEAVE: Kingaroy Redbacks player Zane Taylor finds a gap between Nanango Panthers players during the Under 12/13 match on April 27.
WEAVE: Kingaroy Redbacks player Zane Taylor finds a gap between Nanango Panthers players during the Under 12/13 match on April 27. Jessica McGrath

Big debut brings challenge for young players

SOCCER: It was their debut on the big field and with it comes a whole new set of skills to master.

Kingaroy Accounting and Tax Redbacks gave Nanango Panthers A a good run on the field in their first Under 12/13 match for the season in Wondai on April 27.

Kingaroy coach Brad Crossingham said it was a great start to the season, especially since half of his team had stepped up to the bigger field after playing in the Under 10/11 division.

"It was really good to see them pushing the ball around and using the ball instead of their legs while they were running, so it's good they are passing it around,” he said.

"I'm proud of them. I'd warned them if they wanted to play like they did on the little field they would burn out, but they held their own.”

Crossingham said they had been training hard in the lead up to the game but would need to focus on teamwork and more tactical skills.

"Down in the younger age group it is still tailored to having the size to cater for individual skill and not as much teamwork. Bring them onto the bigger pitch and it's more about the team structure instead of the individual game at this age level,” he said.

Redback players Aaron Draper and Ben McLaughin were outstanding players in the match.

"They had really good ball control and vision, and worked the ball in favour of the team,” Crossingham said.

The coach also praised players Jessy Weier and Zane Taylor who had stepped in from the Under 10/11 division to play.

Panthers coach Alan Downie said Nanango displayed some good individual skill but would need to develop teamwork skills.

"I'd like to see them to play more as a team, to attack as a team and to defend as a team,” he said.

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