'Do or die' at Clinton Oval in prelim final
IT'S DO or die for Clinton and Cap Coast Premier in the Football Central Queensland preliminary final on Saturday night at Clinton Oval.
Clinton suffered a 2-0 loss in the major semi-final against Frenchville while the men from Cap Coast enjoyed a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Southside.
Assistant coach Dan Horton says Frenchville took its chances. "The game was everything we thought it would be with high intensity, quick end-to-end action,” Horton said of last week's clash.
"We came out of the blocks well and were the more dominate team for the first 20 to 30 minutes of play with both teams creating a couple of chances before half-time.”
While the effort was there, Horton adsaid the outcome was not in the plans.
But one of Clinton's better players, Mitch Innocend, believes the return of key players will stand his team in good stead.
"We get Nick Ellacott and Zoran Radovanovich back and they will make our midfield stronger,” Innocend said.
He said the Cap Coast side would pose a threat regardless of Clinton being at full strength.
"Ben Cummins and Dillon Kussrow are two players we'll definitely have to watch and Ben has scored a few goals lately,” Innocend said.
If the regular home and away season results are anything to go by, it is an impossible guide as to who will come out on top.
Cap Coast and Clinton had two 2-2 draws respectively on April 16 and June 25. Innocend hopes history will repeat itself when it counts the most.
"Cap Coast play an attacking style of soccer and we also played them in the semi-finals in the past couple of years and won both games,” he said.
Now in his fourth year at Clinton, Innocend has enjoyed a solid year and has had experience playing in the Premier League on the Sunshine Coast.
"We have a lot of young boys and lots of goal scorers,” Innocend said of the club's depth, in which Clinton features in the divisions two and four grand finals and under-17 boys and under-12 boys deciders.