Clinton go down to Coast as Lancaster strikes twice
SOCCER: Clinton have been knocked out from the Westfield FFA Cup competition after a 2-1 loss against Cap Coast last night.
It means Cap Coast progress further in the competition against Magpies FC this Sunday from 6pm at Apex Park.
For the Clinton side, immediate focus turns to the Football Central Queensland Premier League where they take on lowly Southside FC on May 6 at home.
Clinton have a few issues to sort out for the Clinton Oval match and the men from Cap Coast capitalised early when Jarod Lancaster's blow whizzed past the Clinton goal-keeper at the sixth minute.
It was that man Lancaster again who put Clinton to the sword just 15 minutes later.
Assistant coach Dan Horton said Clinton had numerous chances in the second half, but could only score the one goal courtesy of a strike from substitute Corey Smillie.
"Cap Coast started the game the quicker of the two sides and scored two goals in quick succession on the counter-attack and were on top for the first 20 minutes,” Horton said.
Clinton lifted in intensity just prior to half-time despite being 2-0 down.
"After a positive half-time talk, we came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders creating a chance minutes into the second half that unfortunately hit the post,” Horton said.
Clinton man of the match Nick Ellacott provided plenty of drive for the side.
"We then spent the rest of the game camped in their half dominating possession and creating numerous chances, hitting the woodwork another two times,” Horton said.
Clinton almost had the ultimate reward for effort when Dominic Barra and Mitch Innocend combined to split open the Cap Coast defence in the dying seconds.
The equaliser attempt missed by just inches.
Horton said the loss - the team's first since the grand final last year - will make the players hungry.
"Its a disappointing way to end the competition however it served its purpose giving us three competitive games to work on things ready for a big Premier League season that we are confident we will go deep in,” Horton said.