FOCUS: Clinton FC striker Dominic Barra scored twice during their 4-1 victory against Bluebirds United in Round 1 of the CQ Premier League.
FOCUS: Clinton FC striker Dominic Barra scored twice during their 4-1 victory against Bluebirds United in Round 1 of the CQ Premier League. Paul Braven GLA110317SOCCER

Clinton FC begin CQ Premier League season in style

SOCCER: They were made to work hard for it but Clinton FC has begun its CQ Premier League season in style with a 4-1 victory over Bluebirds United.

Energy-sapping heat greeted both sides for Saturday's 4pm kick-off at Clinton Park but it was the host who stamped its authority early.

Clinton led 2-0 after quarter of an hour and held its advantage until half-time.

Complacency crept in after the break and United struck back to halve the deficit at 2-1.

The Bluebirds' goal snapped Clinton back into its rhythm and it eventually found the back of the net two more times to secure three competition points.

Clinton FC coach Derek Horton was pleased with how his side performed, backing up the good work displayed in its 6-1 Round 1 FFA Cup demolition of Nerimbera Magpies the previous weekend.

"For the first game of the season I was quite happy to get the three points," Horton said.

"We were a little bit rusty I guess but our attack is starting to come together and it was a solid result," he said.

"We hit the crossbar four or five times."

Striker Dominic Barra scored twice for the hosts, while fellow forward Ethan Munster and midfielder Mitch Innocend also scored.

Clinton's Ryan Crawford. Premier League soccer between Clinton and Bluebirds United.
Clinton's Ryan Crawford. Premier League soccer between Clinton and Bluebirds United. Paul Braven GLA110317SOCCER

Clinton FC is experimenting with a 3-5-2 formation after switching from the more traditional 4-4-2, with Horton satisfied his side was becoming more familiar with the system.

"The boys are still getting used to it," he said.

"It's a pretty versatile system and we play with a centre defensive midfielder who can push forward but also screens the back three."

The system allows Clinton FC's wingers to both push forward in attack or sit back to create a back-five in defence.

Clinton's Ethan Munster. Premier League soccer between Clinton and Bluebirds United.
Clinton's Ethan Munster. Premier League soccer between Clinton and Bluebirds United. Paul Braven GLA110317SOCCER

Horton said second-half complacency caused his side to sit too deep which led to them conceding.

"We sat back after half-time and over a 10-minute period we started to get a bit too comfortable and our work rate wasn't quite there," he said. "Their goal was needed to spark us."

Clinton FC's next fixture against Berserker FC remains in doubt with that club set to make a decision on Monday whether they will remain in the competition.



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