FOOTBALL: The return of "retired'' former captain Zygan Condie, a bonus win and home ground boost.
The Ipswich City Bulls have advanced to the next stage of the FFA Cup knockout competition on the same night Western Spirit bowed out.
The Bulls beat Bayside United 3-1 on their home field at Sutton Park last night.
However, at Annerley's Elder Oval base, Western Spirit lost 6-3.
The Bulls led 2-0 at halftime before holding out their challengers in the second round of preliminary FFA Cup competition.
"It was a massive effort by everyone,'' Bulls head coach Norbert Duga said.
"We defended well, we were compact and we hit them on the break well.''
The Bulls progress having also defeated Park Ridge 7-0 in their round one encounter.
While Duga was pleased his players were rewarded with victory from what they were working on at training, he was also happy to see Condie back in the side.
After a decade of service and regularly being the top team's leading goal scorer, Condie vowed to hang up the boots after Ipswich City's 3-1 elimination final loss to Annerley last season.
But the popular Springfield Lakes footballer is back despite having his number six jersey framed and given to him as a gift at the club's 2017 season presentation night.
"We get new strips each year so he's still wearing the six,'' Duga said with a laugh and welcoming him back.
Last night, new captain Mark Fancourt scored on his first game back from suspension, helping guide his team to victory.
"It's a confidence boost too, especially knocking off a club from a higher division,'' Duga said.
"It was a tough game. We were hanging on at the end.
"If it had gone into extra-time we would have been in trouble. We had a few boys pulling up with cramp and sore bodies.''
Duga was planning a light session tomorrow night to prepare for Ipswich City's next match - a Capital League 1 clash against North Star at O'Callaghan Park on Sunday.
Western Spirit host Park Ridge at Kippen Park on Saturday night.
State of play
FFA Cup round 2 preliminaries: Ipswich City Bulls 3 (Jack Ryder, Mark Fancourt, William French) def Bayside United 1; Annerley def Western Spirit 6-3 (scorers unavailable).
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