Clinton FC were too hard, too strong and too fast
CLINTON FC were too hard, too strong and too fast for the Bluebirds at Clinton Oval on Saturday night.
The boys won 4-0 in front of a large crowd, including the Clinton Womens' team who were more interested in talking about a movie, Magic Mike 2, than the match.
While they were saying "the movie was about nothing but the dancing was a good show," the Clinton lads were putting on a show of their own.
Matt Smillie was strong over the ball up forward and Mitchell Innocend was too clever in the midfield for the inexperienced Bluebird team. Joe Skelhorn was vocal on the wing but only providing unrewarded running early. It wasn't until he won the ball just outside the box and chipped the ball into the path of Scott Rouse who scored the first goal.
The next time Skelhorn called for the ball it was passed to him. He was then the next player to offer a scoring opportunity when he was taken down inside the box.
Ryan Bellert took the penalty but the keeper saved it diving to his right.
Josh Noonan had the ball on string to score the second goal for Clinton. He ran past five tacklers and tapped it in like an over competitive father playing with his children.
Minutes later Matt Smillie used his size and strength to position himself at the back post and head one in. He scored his second goal at the start of the first half with a searing volley that the Observer photographer said later had been impossible to photograph.
Clinton FC assistant coach Dan Horton said their defence needed to be recognised. "Our best player was Chris Hill," he said. "Josh Noonan was also very good for us. Our little keeper William Hunter has been on fire this year. He is little but he is very tough too."
He said they expected to dominate tonight because the Bluebirds are still developing but he was happy his team could have a run.
"We had a forfeit two weeks ago and then last week we couldn't play because there weren't enough referees," he said. "We have a big week coming up against Frenchville next week."
The two teams will finish one and two again this year. Clinton hope to be on top for home ground advantage.
"Rockhampton clubs love coming down and they don't like the cricket pitch."
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Clinton FC 4: Matt Smillie 2, Josh Noonan 1, Scott Rouse 1