ON THE RUN: Clinton FC captain Mitch Innocend takes on the Cap Coast defence at Clinton Oval.
ON THE RUN: Clinton FC captain Mitch Innocend takes on the Cap Coast defence at Clinton Oval. Matt Harris

Clinton survive a Cap Coast scare

SOCCER: Clinton FC has opened up an early advantage on top of the CQ Premier League ladder after a tense 2-1 win against defending premiers Cap Coast at the weekend.

Clinton took a 2-nil lead into half-time off the back of a 30th-minute penalty to Josh Noonan and a header from Sam Roberts in the 35th minute.

Cap Coast came out a different team in the second half and halved the deficit 10 minutes after the break.

A shot from Jack Frahm was parried away by Clinton goalkeeper Dan White into the path of striker Ben Cummins, who tapped home from close range.

Clinton's Liam Stephen takes a corner - Clinton FC v Cap Coast at Clinton Oval.
Clinton's Liam Stephen takes a corner - Clinton FC v Cap Coast at Clinton Oval. Matt Harris

The goal put Clinton on the back foot and they found themselves defending in their own half as Cap Coast pressed higher up the pitch.

Frustration grew for the home side as they were under the pump, but the Grubs held tight at the back for the remainder of the match to seal another vital three competition points.

Clinton assistant coach Dan Horton said his team dominated the first half, but wasn't too pleased with the second-half display.

"We had to come out strong and we all spoke about what we were going to do, but we didn't do it and they scored within 10 minutes,” he said.

"We need to work on our starts to our second half... We've got a lot to work on especially when we've dominated games in the first half.

"I don't think it's panic, but we seem to go away from our structure.

"That's something we'll have to be better at when we play them again.”

BRAINS TRUST: Clinton FC assistant coach Dan Horton (left) with head coach Derek Horton.
BRAINS TRUST: Clinton FC assistant coach Dan Horton (left) with head coach Derek Horton. Matt Harris

Cap Coast captain Dylan Kussrow said his team was nowhere near its best.

"The first half we weren't anywhere near what we planned to do,” he said.

"The (half-time) break was good for us - we got in and adjusted a few things we planned to do - I was really pleased with the boys in the second half.

"We put Clinton into a shell and they really struggled to get out and we had a lot of possession.

"It's disappointing but we played well in the second half.”

Clinton FC 2 (Josh Noonan (pen), Sam Roberts) defeated Cap Coast 1 (Ben Cummins) at Clinton Oval. Half-time: 2-0 Clinton FC.



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