Late shot drives Clinton to final
AN extra-time long bomb has propelled Clinton through to Gladstone’s first division grand final in their enthralling preliminary final clash against Valleys at Wolves on Saturday.
With the score dead locked at 2-2 deep in the second half of extra time a seemingly innocuous Clinton long-range cross sailed clean into the top corner of the net and sent the men in green into jubilantcelebrations.
Clinton opened the scoring within 10 minutes and seemed to be in complete control of the game until Valleys’ hit back through James Cameron, who pounced on a loose bouncing ball in the box after Clinton failed to clear their line off a corner.
Valleys continued to threaten late in the second half, getting in behind Clinton’s defence with a series of deft through balls, and they eventually capitalised on their momentum to take a 2-1 lead to the break.
The structured approach both teams employed in the first stanza was all but abandoned after half-time.
Clinton rallied late and created several good scoring opportunities, and with desperation setting in they finally equalised to send the game into extra time.
Valleys’ minor semi-final against Central also went to extra time after a 2-2 full time scoreline, a fixture they ultimately won penalties, but they were unable to repeat the dose against a fitter Clinton side.
Clinton came out firing in extra time and created myriad chances while Valleys appeared content to play for penalties.
The win means Clinton will now face Boyne Tannum FC in the grand final this weekend in a rematch of the major semi-final which BTFC won 3-1.