Clinton claim massive scalp to set their season up
SOCCER: Clinton reversed their FFA Cup disappointment from earlier in the season to beat Frenchville 2-0 in a statement match in Frenchville.
The win puts the Gladstone-based team in second spot on the ladder and full of confidence for the back half of the Central Queensland Premier League season.
It was Clinton's first win in Frenchville since the 2013 season.
After a scoreless first half, stand-in Mitch Innocend again added his name to the scorer's list with a 64th minute goal to break the drought.
It was a peach of a goal according to assistant coach Dan Horton.
"Mitch got a free outside of the box and his kick was just perfect where it bent straight over the wall of the Frenchville defenders,” Horton said.
From that moment on, the visitors had the momentum and Innocend put the icing on the cake at the 89th minute.
Matt Varnes produced a superbly-timed cross pass on which Innocend pounced when his strike cleared the Frenchville goal-keeper's head.
"It was a tidy finish by Mitch who got our man of the match award,” Horton said.
"Our other stand-out player Jacob Holman who was great as a defensive mid.”
Horton described the opening half of the match as tough.
"It was a good game and it was intense where both teams had a good bout of possessions,” he said.
"Both teams had a couple of chances in the first half.”
Regular skipper Chris Hill is not available for a few weeks, but aside from his absence, Horton said Clinton are at full strength.
Clinton return for a home clash against Southside United FC this Saturday from 7pm.
"They seem to be in form and hopefully we can turn Clinton into a fortress again,” Horton said.
"We have to capitalise from our win against Frenchville because otherwise it means nothing.”
Clinton also have a catch-up game against Frenchville in Frenchville on July 1.
In the other CQPL match, Southside knocked off bottom-placed Nerimbera Magpies 2-0.