Bears? gutsy effort wins crowd?s heart
CLINTON Cowboys may have won the match, but the battling Yaralla Bears won the hearts of many in the Cowboys 2-0 Gladstone and District youths soccer win on Saturday.
The Cowboys are undefeated on top of the youths ladder and have kept that record intact, but it was the performance of the Bears which had everybody talking.
Coming into the match on the back of conceding 126 goals in nine matches, the Bears displayed the type of spirit, character and determination needed when times are tough.
There is little doubt the 2-0 loss is the closest they have come to the opposition all season, with their previous best a 7-1 defeat.
If they can continue to play to that kind of level, hopefully the first win for the Bears is just around the corner.
In the other youths match of the round, United Eagles won the battle of the clubmates defeating the United Barbarians 4-2.
They had to do it tough, but the Clinton Cassowaries remain top of the under-11 ladder with a 1-0 win over clubmates Clinton Coyotes. Meteors Mates and Calliope Jaguars continue to put the pressure on the Cassowaries, scoring impressive victories. United Gunners unbeaten record in the under-13 division has stretched to 11 matches after their hardfought 3-0 win against the BITS Bulldogs.
The Gunners are now nine points clear of the secondplaced BITS Boomers who had the bye.
Clinton Crusaders and Central Butchers staked their claims as genuine contenders with big wins against their lower-ranked rivals.
In under-12 action, United Redbacks, United Dynamites and the BITS Brumbies got the money against a trio of worthy adversaries.
Meanwhile, the Central Cobras returned to the colts winners' list with a thumping 18-0 win over Yaralla Vikings. But the Cobras remain two points behind Clinton Cougars who scored a 7-0 win, while United Strikers and BITS Breakers were the other winners.