Lyall sees red as Mackay slumps to heavy defeat
A RED card to skipper Michael Lyall punctuated a disappointing fall from grace for Magpies Crusaders at Sologinkin Oval on Saturday night.
Having claimed seven points from their previous three matches, Henry Kennell's side slumped to a heavy 7-1 defeat to competition leaders Peninsula Power.
Lyall was sent for an early shower by the match official when he brandished a second yellow card 10 minutes from full time.
By that stage Power had already opened up a significant advantage and thus Lyall's absence was not felt - but it likely will be when Magpies Crusaders hit the road to face Gold Coast United in Round 24.
Mackay shocked the competition leaders when Kyren Walters opened the scoring after just three minutes, however not long after Power found the back of the net twice in as many minutes and from there took control of the contest.
When in possession Mackay looked promising in attack, particularly in the second half when a number of chances narrowly went begging.
The young side simply lacked the quality finishing in the final third and even when it did come, Power shot-stopper Jake Reesby was up to the task.
A seemingly certain Lyall goal was tipped over the bar by Reesby from barely 10 yards out mid-way through the second half; skimming shots from outside the area which would have tested most goalkeepers were no problem for the Power's main man.
When Mackay last lost to Power back in Round 8 it sparked a string of 11 consecutive league defeats.
The challenge for Henry Kennell and his team now is to make sure history does not repeat.
National Premier Leagues Queensland R23
Peninsula Power 7 (T. Strickland 10' 60' 85', D. Briggs 18' 30' 88', J. Woolley) def. Magpies Crusaders 1 (K. Walters 3') at Sologinkin Oval