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Clinton, Yaralla can’t be split after 3-all draw

Clinton’s Anthony Cobb is challenged by Yaralla’s Ben Smith during their sides’ 3-3 battle on Saturday.
Clinton’s Anthony Cobb is challenged by Yaralla’s Ben Smith during their sides’ 3-3 battle on Saturday. Brenda Strong

BEFORE the weekend, 26 points separated Clinton and Yaralla on the table.

That gap will remain the same after the two could not be split after 90 minutes of gritty football at Yaralla on Saturday night.

Scores finished locked at 3-3, and while it may not have been a game for the purists, there were some goals of extremely high quality put away by both sides.

Both sides' target men starred, in particular Yaralla's Ben Smith, who battled hard all night despite being left isolated at times.

He scored a stunning goal himself and set up another.

It was a massive turnaround for Clinton, who were belted 9-1 a week ago.

Buoyed by increased numbers, Clinton were able to match it in the midfield against Yaralla, with both sides never really able to make a fist of maintaining possession.

Yaralla seemed to sit back at times and invite Clinton forward, looking to strike on the counter, however it was Clinton's Michael Searston who stole the show.

His stunning left-foot free kick less than five minutes into the second half gave Clinton a 2-1 lead, sparking the game into life in the process.

Yaralla centre back Peter Hawkins was a rock at the back, outstanding in the air and composed on the ball, despite his side conceding three goals.

He paid credit to the fight shown by a plucky Clinton outfit.

"I think you've always got to be ready (for a battle) with Clinton ... they turned up to play tonight and we were probably just off our game a little bit and it showed," Hawkins said.

"But I thought the guys battled well to get the draw tonight. We had to fight for it."

Clinton defender Brendan Kanofski was disappointed his side hadn't managed to go and claim all three points.

"To be honest I was disappointed we didn't get the three points, it makes a difference (having the numbers)," he said.

FINAL SCORE:

  • Yaralla 3 drew with Clinton 3
  • Half-time: 1-1

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