Peter Collins holds the Wests 'keeper off the ball.
Peter Collins holds the Wests 'keeper off the ball. Callum Dick

Gunners fire against rivals

Football: Gunners made amends for their opening round draw to push past Kingaroy rivals Wests 2-0 in their twilight clash on Saturday.

Riley Cook opened the scoring for Gunners inside the opening 20 minutes, and Peter Collins doubled the advantage soon after as Gunners asserted their dominance through the middle of the park.

Captain Joe Copas was impressed with the way his team controlled the play and limited Wests' chances to find the back of the net.

"We dominated pretty much the whole 90 minutes,” Copas said.

"We played some good football - created a lot of chances, it should have been more than (a two goal win) as well.”

The result sees Gunners move into outright first on the ladder, and to Copas their spell at the top is just rewards for steady improvement over the first month of competition.

"Our fitness is getting a lot better, from the first game to the game (on Saturday) we have gotten a lot better,” Copas said.

"Every time we get a win it gives (the younger players) more confidence. We want to play positive, not negative football.”

"Positive football” was the message from Gunners coach Debbie Ovens, and although the 2-0 result was a comfortable one, Copas knows his side needs to improve their conversion rate in the final third.

"Our finishing is something that needs to get better for sure,” Copas said.

"We played really good, positive football but I think we need to be a little calmer on the ball in possession.”

Copas was bemused with Wests' tactics early, particularly their penchant for sending long balls over the top of the Gunners defence hoping to get an attack in behind.

"Against Nanango and now Wests, that's the only way they can try to get forward,” Copas said.

"They can't pass it through our midfield so they're trying to go over the backline, but (our centre backs) have dealt with that really well.

"I also thought our two forwards Pete (Collins) and Dale (Lenkeit) worked their butts off creating a lot of opportunities. Between them they've score nine goals in four games so far.”

Copas was already looking ahead to next week's clash against Barambah, but admits the team is eyeing a likely Presidents Cup clash in three-weeks time.

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