Debutant revives Jets, sparks win
JETS new boy Corin Barry has sparked life into Kawungan Sandy Straits' seasonafter marking his first-division debut with a man-of-the-match display at Hervey Bay Sports Club on Saturday night.
The round-five 4-2 victory over Alloway put the Jets' Three Cities League campaign back on track after three consecutive losses, including a 5-0 rout by Brothers Aston Villa.
That heavy defeat, followed by a 3-0 loss to Bingera last week, threatened to send the Jets' season dangerously out of control.
But the Phil Rimmer-coached outfit made a sudden turn for the better on Saturday, with Barry's composure in defence and distribution a feature of the triumph.
"He looked really good in that central defending spot and organised things very well," Rimmer said of Barry.
"We've been very quiet in games and I haven't been able to hear enough communicating and talk, but it turned around on the weekend.
"Corin's talk and control became infectious, which meant everyone started to talk."
Barry's introduction could not have come at a better time for the side, with skipper Phil Barlogie expected to spend another four weeks on the sideline after sustaining ankle ligament damage in the Jets' loss to Brothers.
Rimmer was also pleased to see his main strike weapon, Andrew Wotherspoon, back on the park.
A crucial mistake had the Jets cough up an early lead before Wotherspoon's low driving effort from an acute angle levelled the scores.
With midfielder John Cullen working the ball and creating space, the Jets controlled proceedings for most of the first 45 minutes with Wotherspoon's second goal - and fifth goal in three matches - giving his side a 3-1 advantage at half-time.
The visitors hit back after the break but Brodie MacDonald sealed the three points when he slotted home a penalty midway through the second half.
After two seasons in the doldrums and three straight losses before the weekend, Rimmer felt Saturday's victory was a step forward for a group still learning how to win again.
"We're trying to instill a fighting and winning attitude into the side," he said.
"Sometimes they're guilty of trying to stem the flow rather than fight for a win and take control of the match more.
"It doesn't happen overnight, but I can see it starting to work now.
"It doesn't help when you can't put the same team on the park every week, but once we get some stability in the line-up things will really change."