WINNING START: The Clinton Football Club team was successful in moving on in the FFA Cup against Yaralla, scoring a 2-0 win.
WINNING START: The Clinton Football Club team was successful in moving on in the FFA Cup against Yaralla, scoring a 2-0 win. Jake Jones

Clinton starts well with 2-0 win over Yaralla

GOALS from Mitch Innocend and Brendon Hancock have given Derek Horton a classy win to return to the coaching position of Clinton's top football side.

The Central Queensland Premier League side dismissed a gallant effort by local team Yaralla to progress in the Football Federation Australia Cup.

The final result of 2-0 was a positive start to the season for both sides, and Horton thought it was a deserved score.

"For our first game, we were rusty," he said.

"We dominated and I thought we were never going to lose."

The next step for Clinton is a match against either Frenchville or Emerald, while Yaralla will prepare for the local season.

Horton said there are a few parts of Clinton's game which need improving before any further competition matches.

"Our defence was really good; we need some polish and we could have scored a few more goals," he said.

"They are a quality side though."

It was Horton's first taste of the cup since it was introduced last year, and the coach has bought into the idea behind the fixtures and wants to take Clinton as far as possible.

He thinks the side has what it takes to win the CQ Premier League as well.

The whole club is impressing Horton, a memorial football day yesterday capping off a big weekend for the boys in green.

"We had over 100 wanting to play, so when you added up the partners and kids, it was huge," he said.

"It is a big weekend of football."

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