Clinton’s Scott Rouse struggled to find the net in his side’s win over the Bluebirds. Clinton won 3-2 and had many opportunities to extend the lead further.
Clinton’s Scott Rouse struggled to find the net in his side’s win over the Bluebirds. Clinton won 3-2 and had many opportunities to extend the lead further. Luka Kauzlaric

Clinton claims victory to stay in third spot

CLINTON cruised in what could have been a whitewash win over Bluebirds on Saturday night, claiming a 3-2 win to remain in third place on the Central Queensland Premier League football ladder.

The score could have been anything on Clinton's side, with missed opportunities the story of the game for the hosts.

The Gladstone team eventually escaped with a win which is narrow on the score board, but what coach Les Jones believed was much safer than it seemed.

"I would say we dominated the game," he said. "We created enough chances to win by more.

"We didn't play great but did enough to win."

The whole match was made difficult for the Clinton side through the scrappy nature of the Bluebirds play.

Trying to stick to structure and consistent play, Clinton was forced to match the Bluebirds overanxious levels at times which may have inhibited the host's chances.

"Our mid-field was the stand-out," Jones said. "They (Bluebirds) didn't play much discipline which makes it hard for us."

Striker Scott Rouse somehow was absent from the scoreboard as he could do everything but get the ball in the net.

"He hit the post and had three one-on-ones with the keeper, he just couldn't score, it was not his day," Jones said.

"I am probably a bit disappointed we didn't get more, but we will take a win."

Clinton cruises:

  • Clinton 3 defeated Bluebirds 2
  • Clinton scorers: Brendan Hancock - 2, Matt Smillie - 1


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