CONTESTED POSSESSION: Nerimbera player Eric Smith tackles Clinton's Ethan Munster in last Saturday's FFA Cup clash at Pilbeam Park.
CONTESTED POSSESSION: Nerimbera player Eric Smith tackles Clinton's Ethan Munster in last Saturday's FFA Cup clash at Pilbeam Park. Chris Ison ROK050317csoccer1

Clinton show dashing signs ahead of season

SOCCER: Clinton has fine-tuned its attacking game in the best possible way ahead of the Central Queensland Premier League round one home match against Bluebirds United this Saturday from 4pm.

The 2016 runner-up lived up to the promise of more attacking soccer and dismantled Nerimbera Magpies 6-1 in round one of the Westfield FFA Cup match last weekend.

Clinton assistant coach Brad O'Sullivan said all the boxes have been ticked during the pre-season.

"It was very pleasing and it was a good hit-out as opposed to just the pre-season and it was a good challenge,” he said.

Clinton's next FFA Cup encounter will be against the winner between Frenchville and Southside who were forced to postpone their match last weekend.

But O'Sullivan said the focus has switched quickly to United.

"They are a good and young team and play a good brand of football,” O'Sullivan said.

"They play an attacking-based game and have a lot of quick and young players.”

Two new recruits have also been impressive according to O'Sullivan.

"Ryan Crawford, who used to be the Doon Villa captain-coach, played his first game and he was very impressive coming off the bench,” O'Sullivan said.

"He played in the back-line and was quick and confident and good with his voice.”

New goal-keeper Dan White is another who will be a key pillar in defence in a format that will provide more launches to attack.

"The whole idea is to try to improve our attacking and it will be a different formation,” O'Sullivan said.

"It is progressing well and the guys are starting to embrace it.

"Dan White had another strong game and he is an excellent talker and communicator.”

Regular 2016 goal-scorers Dominic Barra, Mitch Innocend, Josh Noonan and Ethan Munster all found the back of the net against the Magpies and O'Sullivan said the professionalism at Clinton is the big thing.

"We always have high expectations and we are a very competitive and successful club with great facilities and committee,” O'Sullivan said.

PREMIER LEAGUE PROGRAM

(home team named first)

R1: Clinton v Bluebirds United, March 11 4pm, R2: Berserker FC v Clinton, March 18 7pm, R3: Frenchville v Clinton, March 25 7pm, R4: Clinton v Parkana, April 1 7pm, R5: Cap Coast v Clinton, April 8 7pm R6: Clinton v Nerimbera, April 22 7pm, R7: Clinton v Southside, May 6 7pm, R8: Parkana v Clinton, May 13 7pm, R9: Bluebirds v Clinton, May 20 7pm, R10: Clinton v Berserker, May 27 7pm, R11: Clinton v Cap Coast, June 3 7pm, R12: Nerimbera v Clinton, June 10 7pm, R13: Frenchville v Clinton, June 17 7pm, R14: Clinton v Southside, June 24 7pm, R15: Bluebirds v Clinton, July 8 7pm, R16: Berserker v Clinton, July 15 7pm, R17: Clinton v Parkana, July 22 7pm, R18: Cap Coast v Clinton, Aug 5 7pm, R19: Clinton v Frenchville, Aug 12 7pm, R20: Southside v Clinton, Aug 19 7pm



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