Hanwood FC prepared for tough derby


HANWOOD FC's strikeforce is set for another test tomorrow night with Hanwood Juniors likely to put up the barricades in the derby at Hanwood Oval.

Still rueing the two points that got away from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Yoogali SC, coach Anthony Agresta anticipates the defensively-minded Juniors will try to replicate the Billabong Cup champions' stoic display at the back.

Agresta saw the first half of Juniors' 3-0 loss to YFC on the weekend and came away in the belief that HFC's sister club will present a much sterner challenge this season than last.

"They were well-organised and pretty solid, and they'll give us a few problems on the weekend," he said.

"We've always had hard games against them and we definitely won't take them lightly.

"They only conceded from a set piece when I was there and as we found out at the Musitano Cup, YFC's Fijian guys are pretty hard to stop there."

Hanwood were only spared what would have been an unfortunate loss to YSC thanks to a late equalizer from substitute Kyle Greaves.

But throughout the match Agresta's men wasted countless chances in front of goal, with the coach admitting HFC does not yet have the right formula up front.

"We could have made better decisions," he said.

"There were a couple of times we could have pulled the trigger a bit earlier, but we were very happy with the performance overall."

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