Clean sheet keeps Central in touch
SOCCER: Central FC has consolidated its place inside the CQ Premier League top four with a gritty 1-0 away win against Frenchville.
It was a round of upsets across the competition with two out of the three winners beating teams above them on the ladder.
Garth Lawrie's first-half penalty gave fourth-placed Central the points against Frenchville (third), while Nerimbera scored its first win of the season with a 2-1 result against Southside United.
Second-placed Capricorn Coast kept the pressure on Clinton FC with a 4-1 win against Bluebirds.
Ladder leaders Clinton enjoyed the weekend bye but had its lead cut to six points after Cap Coast's victory.
Central FC coach Joel Maudsley complimented his players on their work ethic, especially away from home at Ryan Park.
"The boys worked hard and stuck to the game plan,” Maudsley said.
"To shut Frenchville out and get a clean sheet is very pleasing. It was a really solid team effort where everyone did their jobs.”
Lawrie's goal takes him to 16 for the season, three goals ahead of Clinton's Liam Stephen.
Central and Clinton both play at home this weekend against Southside and Bluebirds respectively.
Cap Coast plays Frenchville.
Central FC 1 (Garth Lawrie) def Frenchville 0
Cap Coast 4 (Matt Smillie 2, Chris Griffin, Nathan Norris) def Bluebirds 1 (Liam McClean)
Nerimbera 2 (Mark Parter 2) def Southside 0.