CONTROL: Frenchville's Michael Cay and Clinton's Anthony Cobb (right) in the FFA Cup game at Rockhampton's Ryan Park.
CONTROL: Frenchville's Michael Cay and Clinton's Anthony Cobb (right) in the FFA Cup game at Rockhampton's Ryan Park. Chris Ison ROK110318csoccer3

Clinton sneak past Frenchville in FFA Cup

SOCCER: It had to do it the hard way but Clinton FC has progressed to the next round of the FFA Cup after seeing off rivals Frenchville on penalties.

Locked at 2-2 at the end of normal time, 30 minutes of extra time could not separate the sides so spot kicks ensued at Rockhampton's Ryan Park.

Frenchville missed two of its first three penalties and failed to claw back the deficit as Clinton buried each of its penalty kicks to win the shoot-out 4-2.

Clinton led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a Nathan Cobb goal, only for Frenchville to reply shortly after the break when Tim Barker struck one into the top corner from outside the 18-yard box.

 

Clinton FC captain Chris Hill in the FFA Cup tie against Frenchville.
Clinton FC captain Chris Hill in the FFA Cup tie against Frenchville. Chris Ison ROK110318csoccer5

Mitch Innocend made it 2-1 inside the final 10 minutes before Joey Burke nabbed an equaliser to send the game beyond the 90 minutes.

Clinton goalkeeper Dan White then copped 10 minutes in the sin bin under the new dissent rule, causing Matt Varnes to temporarily don the gloves.

 

Clinton FC goalkeeper Daniel White in the FFA Cup game against Frenchville.
Clinton FC goalkeeper Daniel White in the FFA Cup game against Frenchville. Chris Ison ROK110318csoccer4

CFC assistant coach Dan Horton said the Round 3 match had everything.

"It was exactly what we anticipated - a close and hotly fought affair to add to the archives of our club's rivalry," Horton said.

"We started slowly again which was disappointing.

"However we absorbed everything they threw at us in the first 20 minutes and then momentum swung and we dominated the rest of the half, but we should have had three or four but didn't convert our chances."

The only concern for Clinton was a nasty ankle injury to Scott Rouse with initial fears he had broken it on the night.

Horton said the injury was likely to be ligament damage.

Clinton's Round 4 FFA Cup match is away to Southside on Saturday.



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