PRESEASON: Curtis Hyne from Central Football Club jostles with Sam Roberts of Clinton.
PRESEASON: Curtis Hyne from Central Football Club jostles with Sam Roberts of Clinton. GLA170218SOCC

Soccer trial matches have started

SOCCER: Clinton warmed up in its first hit-out of the Football Central Queensland Premier League season with a trial match win against re-established Central.

The result was somewhat to be expected given Central's four-year absence from CQ's top-tier level of soccer.

Ace Clinton striker Mitch Innocend said Central will be competitive this season.

"You can tell that they have been playing in the local Gladstone competition," he said.

"But they will get better and they will find the rythm in the second half of the season and they will be a dangerous opponent."

It was new boy Sam Roberts who impressed the most according to Innocend.

Roberts slotted two goals.

"Sam Roberts had a blinder and Nathan Cobb did well," he said.

"For the conditions where it was 34 or 35 degrees, we controlled the ball and for the first game of the season we held on to the ball and had lots of opportunities."

Innocend, Ryan Crawford, Liam Stephen and Cobb also netted goals.

Clinton assistant coach Dan Horton said there were plenty of things to work on.

"There were some nice passages of play to create goals with most of our attacking players getting on the scoreboard," he said.

Clinton's reserves also had a win against a competitive Central.

The draws for both the FFA Cup and the FCQ Premier League have not yet been released, but the season is likely to start on March 10 or March 17.



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