Semi-finals fever Clinton looking for double-header victory
SOCCER: Clinton FC has scored hosting of this weekend's major semi-final against Frenchville SC off the boot of its deadly accurate striker Liam "Pistol" Stephen.
Clinton's goal-scoring machine has scored 21 goals from 18 matches and won the coveted Golden Boot for Central Queensland Premier League Division One.
The humble 17-year-old was thrilled but modest about his career-highlight achievement.
"I'm happy to be at the top of the table and in the semi-finals," Stephen said.
"And to win the Golden Boot was from training hard all year."
Clinton Division One co-captain Mitch Innocend said the team was as ready as it ever would be to clinch a grand-final berth.
"The team has prepared and trained well and are pretty confident of a win this weekend," Innocend said.
"We have a mixed blend of young players who have stepped up and some old heads to help out with experience."
Clinton co-coach Dan Horton said the grades were hunting a double victory to secure home grand finals for the club.
"Both teams in their divisions have secured minor premiership and now only need one more win each and we have double home grand finals," Horton said.
The teams cannot expect a walk-up start to the grand finals and will have to counter a determined Frenchville to get through.
"There's a lot of history between us and Frenchville in finals and they have had the wood on us in the past," Horton said.
"But in the last few seasons we have turned that around.
"The players know a win in both divisions gains a direct passage through to a home grand final and I'm confident the boys can do it."
The season has been one of mixed results against Frenchville starting off with a loss, a draw and the last time the top two teams met, a resounding 3-0 victory to Clinton.
Also featuring on the day will be the Division Two CQPL match between Clinton and Frenchville.
Clinton captain Nathan Cobb said the reserve grade team wanted to get the winning ball rolling with a victory to go straight through to the grand final.
"The game will be very tight and usually hard and it will be great to have the home-ground advantage," Cobb said.
The games will be played at Clinton Field One with Division Two at 5pm and Division One at 7pm.