WINNING FORM: Nanango Panthers kept their claws in for a win against Kingaroy Gunners on June 29.
WINNING FORM: Nanango Panthers kept their claws in for a win against Kingaroy Gunners on June 29. Jessica McGrath

Team spirit key to Panthers' win

FOOTBALL: The camaraderie among the Nanango Panthers players this season is proving to give them the winning edge over their rivals.

This is according to team captain Kieran Mangan following the teams 4-0 victory over the Gunners in Kingaroy on Saturday night.

"I was pretty happy with how we played,” he said.

"There were patches where we were sloppy but we got the job done and I think it is the team morale that is getting us through.”

Mangan found the net himself against the Gunners who he believes is one of their strongest competitors in the division and were under strength on Saturday.

Nanango's goals also came off the boot of Harry Sterling and Brendan Stern.

The Gunners were unable to make the most of their opportunities in attack up against the Panthers defence which Mangan believes is the strongest aspect of Nanango's game.

However, despite the final score Mangan said his team needed to work on their attack and play in the final third.

"There were patches throughout the game where we were good for 10 minutes but there were also very bad patches and plenty of areas we can work on,” he said.

Mangan has returned to the Panthers this season following a season in the Toowoomba Football League with South Burnett United.

The Panthers have returned to the winners circle this season with new and old faces in blue jerseys.

"It is definitely because of the personnel there this year and we have been able to recruit players. But,also it is the players spirit of waning to play for each other and enjoying themselves.

Meanwhile, in the women's game the Panthers also proved to be strong too for the home team winning 4-1.

Women's coach Jacqui Downie said she was proud her side who performed a strong passing game with key players out.

There will be a break in Football South Burnett fixtures for junior and senior players on Saturday with play to resume on July 13 for the senior competition.

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