Yaralla found its feet against Frenchville in the second half on Tuesday night to record a solid victory.
Yaralla found its feet against Frenchville in the second half on Tuesday night to record a solid victory.

Fifth place up for grabs

A 2-1 defeat of Frenchville by Yaralla has set up an interesting last weekend of Cap League home-and-away soccer.

Central, Frenchville and Yaralla sit in fifth, sixth and seventh position and a draw between the two former teams, who meet this weekend, coupled with a win by Yaralla could see them leap into fifth spot. Yaralla coach Mark Skelhorn said his side jumped out of the blocks in the catch-up match played in Rockhampton on Tuesday night, but hit a flat spot early on.

“It was a tale of two halves; we started quick and then fell off the pace,” he said.

Without being able to put his finger on the malaise that swept through his team, Skelhorn was forced to watch as Frenchville dominated the bulk of the half.

“We were all over the place a bit and couldn’t string any passes together,” he said.

About 30 minutes in, Frenchville posted a goal, while the Yaralla scoreboard was a long way off moving.

“A talking-to at the break must have refocussed the team, as they hit the ground in the second half with a different approach.

Left back Adrian Johnson soon equalised after a classic run, Skelhorn said.

“Frenchville hung off expecting him to pass, and he took a few players on before putting in a nice left foot goal,” he said.

Midfielder Matt Smillie played very well in the second half, tearing apart the opposition.

A Joe Skelhorn pass over the top of the Frenchville defence to set up Smillie saw the second goal registered and the side continued to press.

Yaralla are now level with Frenchville on 29 points.



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