Frenchville player Chris Burgess and Centrals player Mitchell Tansky in hot pursuit in the soccer game at Ryan Park.
Frenchville player Chris Burgess and Centrals player Mitchell Tansky in hot pursuit in the soccer game at Ryan Park. Chris Ison

Central bows to Frenchville

DESPITE the cancellation of several other CQ Premier League games due to the rain, Central was treated to a mud bath against Frenchville in Rockhampton on Saturday.

Central coach and player Dave Longden said his team suffered in the wet conditions, losing the match 5-1.

"It was absolutely pouring, the conditions were atrocious," Longden said.

"We probably should have had the game called off. The field was a mud bath after."

Longden said Frenchville deserved the win.

"We didn't handle the conditions well but Frenchville, to their credit, did."

To make matters worse, injury plagued the Central side which lost Longden at goal keeper within the first 20 minutes of the game to a thigh muscle tear.

"That didn't help our cause," he said.

"I'll probably have to sit out a few weeks. I wasn't too happy about it."

But at 5-0, the Central players refused to let the rain or the scoreboard get them down, fighting until the final siren.

Longden said that showed when Garth Lawrie scored a "consolation" goal which was set up by Andie Maynard in the dying minutes.

"Our players never gave up," he said.

Dylan Clark in the back line and Greg Purdon as replacement goalkeeper were also two of Longden's stand-out performers.

Although they are still sitting in the top four on the CQ Premier League ladder, after this week's loss and last week's draw, their position is precarious.

"We are still fourth at the moment," Longden said.

"We'd like to have a few wins to give the team a boost and run into the final series.

"There are a couple of teams which can catch us."

Longden said next week was a must-win as Central matches up against CAP Coast in Yeppoon, one of those teams.



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