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Port United – 2022 CPL Preview

Less shots on goal, but more quality shots on goal are what Port United will work on heading into the 2022 Coastal Premier League Mens season. Club stalward Adam Bruest takes over after Nathan Wade’s five-year stint at Dixie Park and he wants to see more patience from his side.

He noticed a frantic nature in front of goal watching from the sidelines last season.

“I want us to build a goal,” he said.

“Be a bit more patient and have a bit more structure and composure when we go towards goal.

“Last year from where I was sitting it was more kick, hope, get in behind and then go for that miracle shot.

“This season I’d really like to be able to build a goal and be patient in front of goal. Once you’re in that 18-yard box you should be able to execute.”

United have lost a handful of players from their squad last season, but the nucleus will remain with attacking midfielder Josh Casey to return after stints in Newcastle and on the Gold Coast.

Like most other teams in the competition, Bruest is aiming for semi-finals and anything less will be classified as a disappointing season.

But he knows success may not happen straight away.

“Because it is such a new team I’m not sure if the combinations are going to work straight away, but once you’re in the finals anything can happen,” Bruest said.

“I think that’s the target for us because it’s a whole different season once you get to finals and you start again. I’d be disappointed if we didn’t make finals, that’s for sure.”

An inability to maintain the same 15 players week-to-week proved costly towards the back end of the season.

“Hopefully we can keep those players pretty much gelling all year round – allowing for injuries – so hopefully there’s a bit more consistency there each week,” Bruest said.

“I think we controlled most games last season, but didn’t find the back of the net. If we can convert our goalscoring opportunities, we’ll definitely go a long way.”

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