Kingaroy rivals Gunners and Wests played out a 2-2 draw on Saturday night.
Kingaroy rivals Gunners and Wests played out a 2-2 draw on Saturday night. Callum

Late goal salvages a draw

Football: Gunners coach Debbie Ovens was left to rue missed opportunities following her side's 2-all draw with Kingaroy rivals Wests on Saturday night.

"We've hit this snag at the moment where we just can't put the ball in the back of the net, it's frustrating,” Ovens said.

The Gunners took a 1-0 lead into half time and looked the better of the two sides in the opening exchanges, but as the game approached its climax Wests flexed their muscle.

Two quick-fire goals stunned the more fancied Gunners, and if not for captain Joe Copas' strike with minutes to spare they would have left with nothing to show for their efforts.

"We were in the middle of subbing and Wests scored two really quick goals before we could really blink,” Ovens said.

"We were looking down the barrel of a defeat before Joe Copas got the equaliser.”

It was the second draw between the two sides this season, who shared competition points in the opening round.

Although disappointed with her side's inability to finish, Ovens took positives from the way they wrested the game back to level terms after falling behind.

"When we went 2-1 down, generally your heads drop and everything can fall apart but they picked themselves up,” Ovens said.

"The last six minutes we played just really good football. Our movement going forward and the finishing - had the game gone a bit longer I think we had a chance of us (winning).”

After their defence was picked apart by Nanango in the President's Cup a week earlier, Ovens said it was obvious teams had a particular game plan against the Gunners.

"Nanango and Wests both like pumping long balls through and putting speed up front to try and turn out defence,” Ovens said.

"It's something we'll have to look at on the training park, to see if we can deal with that long ball in a better way.”

But Ovens has no doubt her side will return to their prolific scoring ways.

"We started the season really well, we've just hit a bit of a mid-season slump,” Ovens said.

"But that's football. We just have to get back into our own rhythm and we'll be fine again.”

Gunners will look for a return to form against Barambah in Wondai on Saturday.

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