Soccer duo excel in top quality game for Cougars

GLADSTONE soccer duo Roger Bailey and Lee Veenhoven were prominent as the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Cougars scored a quality 0-0 draw with Taringa Rovers on Saturday night.

In their final trial game before the State Soccer Cup season, the Cougars rounded off preparations in a top-class spectacle at Ryan Park in Rockhampton.

Both of the Gladstone players produced eye-catching displays in their respective roles.

Clinton goalkeeper Bailey would have been rapt to keep a clean sheet on his debut in the Cougars team.

He wasn't extended on too many occasions, but when called upon the classy shotstopper was safe between the sticks.

Bailey's clean sheet presents Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw with a selection headache in the lead-up to this weekend's season opener.

He will have to choose between Bailey and Rockhampton's Ben Blacker who played well in the Cougars' opening trial.

BITS talisman Veenhoven came on as a substitute during the second-half and was lively. Veenhoven operated primarily at left-midfield and created one golden chance late in the match for Chris Griffin who had his shot saved by Taringa keeper Gerard Kelly. Like Bailey, Veenhoven will be eagerly-anticipating Kilshaw's announcement of the squad this Thursday night.

The night was also a special one for talented young Clinton striker Liam Jones who lined-up as a guest player for Taringa.

Jones, who is a player with a bright future certainly didn't do his future representative chances any harm with an ebullient cameo appearance.

The Cougars meet Pine Rivers in this Saturday's opening round at Ryan Park.

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