Drama in semi-final as Clinton snatches win
CLINTON FC hosted Cap Coast at Clinton Oval on Saturday night in the CQ Premier League's game of the season.
The atmosphere, skill level and drama were befitting any semi-final anywhere in the world.
The game had great goals, a send-off on the field and one off the field.
Cap Coast led for most of the match and with Clinton pushing in the second half the contest became heated.
The referee was forced to pull out his yellow card so often his breast pocket was probably showing signs of wear and tear.
At one point in the second half he called both teams into the middle for a serious chat about playing the match in the right spirit.
As the match wore on, Cap Coast held its one goal advantage until the end of the 90 minutes and just needed to see out injury time to progress through to the final.
With all of the delays, injury time was going to be a couple of minutes and the crowd waited anxiously as Clinton continued to press.
Cap Coast had just about stopped when a tussle broke out after their defender Gerard Kelly came in for a late tackle.
He was given his second yellow and Cap Coast were down to 10 men.
With Cap Coast supporters screaming at the referee that the half had gone for 55 minutes, Clinton's Joshua Noonan sneaked around the back of the defence from a corner to score.
Both teams' supporters erupted, Noonan was swamped by his teammates and the match was heading to extra-time.
A Cap Coast supporter, who was timing the half, argued with the referee at the end of injury time and was then ordered to leave Clinton Oval.
Extra-time was always going to be challenge for Cap Coast who was down a man.
Clinton dominated the first 10 minute half but could not find the back of the net.
The extra space allowed Clinton's Mitchell Innocend more space and he started to get away from Jared Moran, who had kept him in check.
Innocend eventually got in behind the defence with a couple minutes left in extra time and sealed the match with a neat tap-in past the keeper.
Clinton was ecstatic when the referee blew the final whistle, but Cap Coast was devastated to lose 2-1 in such controversial circumstances.