Gladstone sides score impressive CQPL wins
SOCCER: They expected an easy encounter and that's what Clinton got against an ill-disciplined Nerimbera side at the weekend.
The CQ Premier League's top side up against the winless Magpies was always going to be a mismatch and it proved just that at Pilbeam Park.
Leading 5-0 at half-time, the Grubs had eight individual goalscorers once the full-time whistle blew on the 12-0 scoreline.
Liam Stephen opened the scoring in the 10th minute, with the first of three goals for the teenage striker.
Sammy Roberts doubled Clinton's lead in the 20th minute, but it got even worse for Nerimbera two minutes later when Hung Vu was sent off for a second bookable offence.
The Magpies disintegrated after the break as Clinton continued to pound the goals, with its last three coming within five minutes late in the contest.
The 12-goal drubbing means Clinton has scored 21 unanswered goals against Nerimbera over two games this season.
Central, meanwhile, scored its second win of the season with a 3-2 win against defending premiers Cap Coast.
Garth Lawrie rediscovered his goal-scoring touch with a hat-trick at Sun Valley Oval to take his season tally to five.
Coach Joel Maudsley said his side played well and dominated much of the game despite being down at half-time.
The win keeps Central fifth on the CQPL ladder, level on points with fourth-placed Bluebirds.
CQ Premier League
Central FC 3 (Garth Lawrie 35', 46', 50') def. Capricorn Coast 2;
Clinton FC 12 (Liam Stephen 3, Nathan Cobb 2, Ryan Crawford, Liam Jones, Josh Noonan, Ethan Munster, Sam Roberts, Zoran Radovanovich, Chris Hill) def. Nerimbera Magpies 0.
CQ Premier League 2
Clinton FC 5 (R Finlay 2, Z Radovanovich, M Varnes, J Davison) def. Nerimbera 0;
Central FC 1 (D Mackay) drew Cap Coast 1.