Maynard on target in Central win
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 held on to its half-time lead and while coach Aaron Jeffery believed his team had more goals in it, 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 to 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 a goal each 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 its 2-0 half-time lead, only for Parkana to make it 3-1, but substitute Keenan put the result beyond doubt late in the match.
With two wins from three games and combinations beginning to click across the park, Horton believes his team can continue to improve after Easter.
The Premier League will break for two weeks over Easter and the May long weekend.
CQ Premier League Round 4
Nerimbera 8 Southside 0
Frenchville 5 Capricorn Coast 1
Centrals 2 Bluebirds 1
Clinton 4 Parkana 1