PENALTY AWARDED: Clinton's Joshua Finlay is bought down in the box in the second minute of their grand final against Frenchville , a penalty which was eventually pushed wide.
PENALTY AWARDED: Clinton's Joshua Finlay is bought down in the box in the second minute of their grand final against Frenchville , a penalty which was eventually pushed wide. Matt Taylor GLA220918SOCC

GALLERY-VIDEO: It's French will-power as Clinton go down

SOCCER: Frenchville performed a snatch and grab 3-1 victory against Clinton FC in the Central Queensland Premier League Division Two grand final on Saturday.

 

It was game of missed opportunities for Clinton while Frenchville took full advantage its chances to score and come away victors.

Clinton got a penalty kick in the opening minutes of the game but striker Josh Finlay could not find the back of the goal.

Both sides had their chance to take the lead and it was Frenchville forward Eli James who netted the first goal with minutes to spare in the first half.

Frenchville pace merchant Simon McAnthony, from Nigeria, starred in the second half with speed and skill to light up the Clinton defence.

McAnthony helped to set up the second goal for Frenchville, with Jackson Lems finishing off the lead-up play.

Clinton was down but not out of the game and struck back not long afterwards via Zoran Radovanovich to give the home team some hope of getting back into the game.

Frenchville's desperate defence kept Clinton at bay and denied it any chance at equalising goals.

Clinton captain Nathan Cobb tried hard to get the team back into the game, working around the midfield.

 

It was McAnthony again who set up the play to give Paul Jackson the chance to finish off and seal the grand final and put it beyond Clinton's reach.

After the game McAnthony was ecstatic.

"This is fantastic to win my first grand final and I did a lot of sprint training pre-season to help prepare for this season and the team won the most important game of the year," he said.

Frenchville coach Mark Muldoon was delighted and praised his opponents after the evenly matched season.

"We were concerned when Clinton its first goal midway through the second half because we know how much they can lift," Muldoon said.

"One game plan was to keep the ball on the ground as Clinton are skilful and would take advantage of it and we had to pass well if we we wanted to win.

"McAnthony is quick and skilful and today he brought it, especially when helped to set up the third goal to finish the win for us."

Clinton coach Brad O'Sullivan was disappointed but saw potential in the team.

"Obviously I'm not happy with the result losing the final but it was a successful season getting minor premiers," Sullivan said.

"The team had set high expectations and there are some young players with great attitudes and if they listen and learn it can only get better."



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