FREE-FLOWING: Matt Smillie cruises along not feeling the pressure from the Berserker defender in Clinton’s 12-0 drubbing of the wooden-spooners.
FREE-FLOWING: Matt Smillie cruises along not feeling the pressure from the Berserker defender in Clinton’s 12-0 drubbing of the wooden-spooners. Mike Richards

Clinton cracks dozen against hapless Berserker

CLINTON FC premier league team went berserk on Saturday night scoring 12 goals to nil.

The conditions at Clinton Oval were perfect for football with cool conditions and an insignificant breeze allowing for quick ball movement and precision passing.

Clinton has been hitting its straps leading into the finals next week, while the opposition Berserker have struggled all season.

The ball rarely entered the defensive half for Clinton as they were clinical in all aspects of the game.

Clinton coach Les Jones said it was not the perfect build-up the finals.

"We would have liked a harder game, but I couldn't ask the boys to do anything else," he said.

"We just needed to try and keep our shape and position instead of all running forward and trying to score. And we achieved that."

The crowd was vocal for most of the match but hit a crescendo when Michael

Hamelink scored his second of the night.

Hamelink was 40 metres out from goal and fired a shot through the defence and rendered the Berserker keeper useless as the ball sailed just under the crossbar.

Star forward Mitch Innocend slotted four out of the 12 goals.

The four goals added to Innocend's tally of 23 for the season, winning him the Golden Boot Award for the Central Queensland Premier League Competition.

Innocend said the team was still able to work on a few things while having a bit of fun.

"Hammo got his first goal of the season, so that was the highlight for me," he said.

"We have to be prepared for next week, though, because it will be 10 times more physical than tonight."

The other goal scorers were Scott Rouse, Hamelink and Chris Hill with two, while Brendan Hancock and Matt Smillie each scored one.

Clinton keeper William Hunter will need to pay more attention next week when there is bound be more saves required from him.

Clinton FC finished the season third on the ladder and will play Cap Coast in the first semi-final on Saturday.

RESULT:

Clinton 12 (M Innocend 4, S Rouse, M Hamelink, C Hill 2, B Hancock, M Smillie goals) def Berserker 0



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