Clinton plots to shut down Coast
A GOAL from Jonathon Sauer against his former club Blue Birds has catapulted Cap Coast into the Capricorn League grand final to face Clinton on Saturday night.
Sauer's first half strike allowed Cap Coast to sit back and defend their way to victory, despite an array of scoring opportunities for the underdogs Blue Birds.
The grand final will be played at minor premier Cap Coast's home ground, Apex Park, and its relatively small size could be a factor in the outcome, according to Clinton coach Derek Horton.
“You'd probably have to say they have a bit of an advantage there; it suits their game and style of play, they knock it long to their strikers who play it back into the midfield then play it straight back up again, and they can do that because it's a small field,” he said.
“That being said we've had some good results on small fields this year, when we've played on them we've tended to shut the opposition down quite well and smothered them out of it.”
Defending premiers Clinton has played out three draws with Cap Coast in normal time this season, and Horton expects more of the same in the decider.
“I'm guessing that it will be the same and it will be a matter of keeping our defence in order, but just all out attack, which should be interesting,” he said.
Clinton is sweating on the fitness of key man Rene Tizzey who has been out of action for three weeks with a stomach tear.
“It's improving, but it's improving slowly,” Horton said.
“He's looking pretty good, but pulling up very sore; his work rate in the midfield is really special to us so I want to get him back in there if I can.”
Horton said his side would need to adapt to the ground size to pull off a repeat of the major semi-final, which Clinton won in extra time.
“We'll look to get wide as often as we can and shut down their midfield, on that small field it's a tough job, but a job I think we can do,” he said.
Kick off is 7.30 on Saturday night at Apex Park.