Hat-trick lifts Meteors men in hockey win
A HAT-TRICK of goals to on-field general Craig Mathison enabled Meteors to overcome a slow start and secure a 5-1 CQ Extended League hockey victory over Frenchville Rovers at Rigby Park on Saturday.
Belying their lowly status in the competition, Rovers got off to an impressive start, posting the first goal of the match in the fifth minute when Mick Vidler got a touch to a powerful back stick shot from team-mate Adam Bunn.
Meteors did not reply until the 18th minute when Mathison showed great skill to beat two defenders and drill a shot into the Frenchville box to level the scores.
A brilliant diving save by Meteors goalkeeper Kevin Yates in the 33rd minute prevented Rovers from regaining the lead and when Aaron Watts found the back of the goal, unfortunately mere seconds after the halftime hooter, the scores remained 1-1 at the break.
Meteors earned some breathing space early in the second stanza when Mathison posted his second goal, another well-struck shot off a short corner, to give his side the lead for the first time in the 40th minute.
Frenchville continued to battle hard but Meteors gradually assumed control, sheer weight of possession finally telling with a flurry of goals midway through the second half.
Shannon Bobart finished off a nicely-weighted cross to break Rovers' resolve in the 57th minute, followed two minutes later by a well-executed shot on the run by Mitch Ryan.
It was then left to Mathison to complete the scoring seven minutes later. In other matches in Rockhampton, Sparks lost 3-1 to Southside United despite playing strongly with Matt Adamson getting Sparks' goal, and CQU Wanderers defeated Park Avenue Brothers 64.