Brendan Kanofski will be a key for Clinton tonight.
Brendan Kanofski will be a key for Clinton tonight. Brenda Strong

Clinton gets what it wants

KEY Clinton midfielder Rene Tizzey appears to have overcome a stomach muscle tear that sidelined him for three weeks and is likely to start in the Capricorn League grand final against Cap Coast tonight.

The inclusion of Tizzey would bolster Clinton's creative engine room, though it is now sweating on the fitness of former Frenchville midfielder Nick Barker who is nursing a niggling calf injury.

“Nick's probably our most experienced player with about eight CSL finals under his belt so we'll miss his experience if he doesn't start,” coach Derek Horton said.

“It's looking good, but we haven't made a decision yet.”

Horton said shutting down former Cougars player and Cap Coast captain Dylan Kussrow was a priority for his side's chances.

“He'll run the show for them, so if we can keep him quiet that will go a long way to keeping their whole side quiet,” he said.

After dropping a two-goal half-time lead against Cap Coast for a 3-3 full-time scoreline in the major semi-final, Horton said his side would not rest on their laurels should they take a decisive lead.

“It will be really important how tight we are at the back and it will be a case of outscoring them, not just scoring more goals but really attacking them because the field is too small to sit on a lead,” he said.

“We won't rest again, if we get a couple of goals up we'll be pushing to get more.”

The match kicks off at 7.30pm at Apex Park in Rockhampton.

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