Maynard makes a mark for Central

AN Andy Maynard double helped Central to a 2-1 win over competition big-guns Bluebirds in the CQ Premier League on Saturday night.

Maynard made his presence felt early when he pilfered the ball from Bluebirds’ defence and scooted 50 metres untouched to slot home the opener.

Bluebirds squared the ledger at 1-1 but Maynard struck back immediately with a tidy finish from a scrappy goal mouth scramble.

Central retained their half time lead throughout and while coach Aaron Jeffery believes his side had more goals in them, he was happy to take three points home from Webber Park for the first time.

“I was really happy; we stuck to the game plan for 80% of the match but we clocked off for 10-15 minutes which cost us a goal,” he said.

“If we hadn’t gone to sleep it could have been three or four nil.”

Clinton made it two from two for the Harbour City with a 4-1 win over Parkana to regain some momentum heading into the Easter break.

Form striker Tom Stephens collected a double while Scott Rouse and Charlie Keenan snared one goal apiece in the rout.

“We played quite well; they’ve always got that danger about them but we were always comfortable so I’m really happy with the performance,” Clinton coach Derek Horton said.

Clinton set the pace in the opening minutes with a clinical first-time passing exchange between Luke Wakefield, Andrew Fritz and Brendan Hancock which ended in a crisp volley from Stephens for 1-0.

The green machine built on their 2-0 half time lead before Parkana made it 3-1, but substitute Keenan put the result beyond doubt late in the piece.

With two wins from three games and combinations beginning to click across the park, Horton believes his side can continue to improve after the break.

“Although we played really well I think we can still get a lot better than that; it was only Luke (Wakefield)’s first game and he can only improve and Tom Stephens has a real eye for goal.”

The Premier League will now break for two weeks over Easter and the May long weekend.  

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