Central’s Sam Roberts makes a great slide tackle during his side’s match with the Emerald Eagles.
Central’s Sam Roberts makes a great slide tackle during his side’s match with the Emerald Eagles. Luka Kauzlaric

Central strikes late for vital win in close competition

LOCKED 1-1 at half-time, Central goalkeeper Dave Longden would have preferred his side had some breathing room against the Emerald Eagles.

Instead, the Central attacking group left their scoring to the second half, easing Longden's nerves quickly and leaving him very quiet in the stanza.

The match kept Central in the thick of the action in Central Queensland Premier League, with two wins from two outings on their home pitch.

"We had numerous chances in the first half but couldn't put the ball in the net," Longden said.

"It would have been nice to put a few more goals away."

Goal difference could play a part this season, with the competition more intense after the CQFC Energy was cut from the National Premier League.

Longden believes there are seven teams fighting for the top places, and says the team's trajectory should be foremost in the players' minds.

"There are six or seven teams who could make the top four," he said. "To stay in that top four is our objective this year.

"Our problem is that we have not had the same team on the park yet."

CQ Premier Results:

  • Bluebirds 5 def Clinton 1
  • Central 4 def Emerald 1


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