Panthers purring at perfect time
Football: The Nanango Panthers put the rest of the competition on notice with a 6-0 drubbing of Wests in Nanango on Saturday.
Central midfielder Kieran Mangan returned to his prolific goal scoring best finishing with four goals to his name, while Sam Graley and Jordane Saunders also troubled the scorers.
It was a comprehensive display from the reigning Football South Burnett champions, who with just four rounds to play have seemingly hit their stride at the perfect time.
Even more daunting for rival teams was coach Lauren Mangan's admission three key players were missing from Saturday's side, with striker Dimas Bakini expected to return for this weekend's clash with Gunners.
With Bakini's strike power missing, Kieran Mangan embraced the opportunity to again lead the team's scoring efforts.
"Kieran is probably in charge of 99% of our assists,” Mangan said.
"Going back probably four years ago he was the Golden Boot winner for maybe three years in a row.
"He likes that he doesn't have that responsibility (to score goals) anymore, because we've found some strikers that can shoulder that responsibility.”
Mangan dismissed the idea her side had markedly improved from the one which lost 3-2 to Gunners in the opening round; rather a change in formation was the catalyst for their winning run.
"I wouldn't say so, I think we just take each week as it comes,” Mangan said.
"(Gunners') strength is their counter attack and long shots - the game we lost forced us to make tactical changes that ensured that weakness wasn't there anymore.
"We've changed our midfield around a little bit to help us with that, but I'm happy with how our defence is going, I have every confidence in them.
"Beating Gunners is always a goal for us, they're our biggest competition and probably have been for the last three years.”