First division soccer players from Central and Yaralla chase the ball at Yaralla Sports Club.
First division soccer players from Central and Yaralla chase the ball at Yaralla Sports Club. Chrissy Harris

Coach critical of Clinton victory

CLINTON defeated Boyne Tannum 1-0 in the first division soccer clash at Boyne Island on Saturday.

However, Clinton coach Neil Hamilton said that although they won, Clinton didn’t play to the best of their ability.

“We started slow, mostly defending in the first half, but by the second half we obtained more possession of the ball,” Hamilton said.

Clinton’s defence had put in a lot of effort during the match and worked hard. Boyne Tannum, however, started off well, but didn’t get the ball into the net.

Clinton player Nick Barker scored his team’s only goal.

Midfielder Andrew Robinson put in a strong game defending for Clinton in the midfield. Defence fullback Reece Jensen also played well for Clinton.

“It’s good to get a win after a few draws and losses and hopefully a win will turn things around for us,” said Hamilton.

“We’ve been struggling to score goals lately,” he said.

Central 3 defeated Yaralla 0 in a Yaralla home game on Saturday.

Yaralla stand-in coach Paul Lester said Yaralla were short a few players for the home match.

“We probably played different tactics this week than what their usual coach Warren Wales would have played,” said Lester.

“Central played really well and we played strongly, but struggled to get passes. If we did we possibly could have won.”

Yaralla had opportunities, but failed to take them, he said.

Yaralla’s best players were Malcolm Johnson in the midfield who played well both offensively and defensively. Goalkeeper Alex Jones made several good saves.

Results July 10 -11

1st Division

Central 3 def Yaralla 0

Clinton 1 def Tannum 0

2nd Division

Meteors 1 def Central Black 0

Central White 4 def Yaralla 1

Ladies

Centrals 3 def Yaralla 0

Wolves 1 def Central Black 0

Yaralla 1 def Central White 0

Further results later in week.



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