'Sluggish' Clinton score victory
A DOUBLE to Corey Matthews secured a 2-1 victory for Clinton in their first division clash with Valleys on Sunday at home.
Clinton coach Neil Hamilton said that his side was far from its best in testing conditions.
“I didn’t think we played that well, we were a bit slow and sluggish in the first half but the boys were willing to put a lot more effort in after half-time,” Hamilton said.
“It was quite windy and bouncy so we weren’t able to play the ball around the way we would have liked."
Charlie Keenan had a strong game up front in a solid all round team effort that kept Clinton well entrenched in the top four as the regular season draws to a close.
Yaralla played out a tense 1-1 draw at home with United which leaves them just three points short of the top four with three games left to play.
Coach Warren Wales said he was disappointed that this team could not get maximum points in a game that lacked quality finishing.
“We both had our chances to score, we slackened off in the second half and our marking got a bit lax,” he said.
“Jonathan Schubert kept setting us up from free kicks and corners but we just couldn’t finish.
“We just need to improve our finishing and pick up those half chances coming in to the pointy end of the season.”
Brendan Mortimer scored the only goal for Yaralla and threatened with every touch, while wingback Jordan Kennedy was awarded player of the match honours by the referee.
In the other match of the round Boyne Tannum beat Central two goals to nil.