Wasted chances, but Central get the premier points
SOCCER: Central made the perfect start in the Central Queensland Premier League with a 3-2 win over Southside United.
It was a hard-fought match and, if anything, the visiting Central team could have won by more.
"We played well in the first half and led 2-0, but they scored two goals in the second half from penalties,” Central captain and 2018 league best-and-fairest Garth Lawrie said.
Lawrie also scored a goal when teammate Dawson Frost backheeled a pass and he did the rest.
Central's opening goal came when Joel Frost's hard running was rewarded. Lawrie said there was much to improve on for the away clash against Bluebirds.
"We missed a few players and also wasted a lot of chances against Southside, but our coach Ronald Donald was pretty pleased overall,” Lawrie said.
David Upton was a standout for the winners in the centre-midfield position, Lawrie said.
The news was also good for the Central Premier League reserves team which recorded a 5-1 victory against United.
"Peter Doyle scored a hat-trick and the team has a lot of young blokes,” Lawrie said. The skipper said it's a great sign with the young talent that will push for top-tier selection throughout the season.
"We've got a lot of young blokes and they may get a chance to play in the division one Premier League later in the season,” Lawrie said.
But in the immediate term, Lawrie said Central's defence would be bolstered against Bluebirds. "We pretty much had a makeshift defence against Southside, but we controlled the game pretty well,” he said.
"Bluebirds have a few new players and will be hard to beat and we will have defenders Curtis Hyne and Rhys Christensen back.”
Cross-town rivals Clinton open their premiership defence against Nerimbera on Saturday night.