Win sees Clinton consolidate third
CLINTON consolidated their grip on third in the Capricorn League with a 1-0 win over Central on Sunday afternoon. A first-half goal to Aaron Duffy was enough to secure victory in what Clinton coach Derek Horton labelled a “pretty ordinary game which never rose to any great heights.”
Horton said he had expected more desperation from a Central side in need of a win to stay in the running for this year’s finals.
“I thought they’d come out all guns blazing, but they sat back and played a lot within their own half, so we were able to keep play up their end of the field,” Horton said.
Despite crashing out of contention, Central coach Aaron Jeffry said he was pleased his side had at least pushed for a top four spot this season following a couple of disappointing campaigns.
In other games, a young and mobile CQ U/19 Wildcats side posted a 2-1 win over Yaralla on Saturday, avenging a 9-0 loss earlier in the season.
Yaralla coach Mark Skelhorn was full of praise for the Wildcats, but admitted he experimented with his line-up given the Capricorn Cougars feeder squad are ineligible for competition points.
Skelhorn’s tinkering was in part due to the absence of several key players, including Matt Smillie who was on QSL representative duty.
With four matches left to play (including a catch-up game), Yaralla is keen to string a few wins together in a bid to make an unlikely semi-finals appearance.
“Our goal is to finish as high up the ladder as we can,” he said.
Cap League Men’s Results
Wildcats 2 def Yaralla 1 (3-0 win to Yaralla) Sunday: Bluebirds 4 def Frenchville 1; Cap Coast 2 def Parkana 1; Clinton 1 def Central 0; Nerimbera 5 def Berserker 2
Standings Round 19 Coast 38 Nerimbera1 35 Clinton 29 Frenchville 28 Bluebirds 28 Central 24 Yaralla 23 Parkana 23 Berserker 20 Southside 16 CQ Wildcats 0