BATTLE: Central's player Jasmin Donald (left) and BITS player Rebecca Pugh.
BATTLE: Central's player Jasmin Donald (left) and BITS player Rebecca Pugh. Paul Braven GLA150717SOCCER

Yaralla's two from two

SOCCER: Bottom-placed Yaralla produced a boil-over by winning its second game of the season against BITS in the division one men's competition.

The second successive win puts Yaralla in the finals mix as it strives for fourth place which is currently occupied by Biloela Valleys.

Rodwell Temeo drew first blood for Yaralla when he pounced on a perfectly-weighted cross pass from Bryce Martin at the seven-minute mark in what was seemingly against the run of play.

Frank Cooke then struck another blow for a 2-0 lead in the second half before Jacob Downey scored a belated goal for BITS.

Yaralla coach Neil Fitzsimon said his team won the tactical battle.

"The boys played really well and we went in there with a plan and that was to mark the players hard because BITS play a possession game,” he said.

"We broke BITS confidence a bit after we score that first goal.

And indeed the men from Yaralla were on a high after Cooke's strike from long range.

"If we can pull two more wins then we will be in the finals race for the fourth spot,” Fitzsimon said.

BITS coach Paul Blomfield said his team had its opportunities.

"We started well and hit the post early and we created chance after chance but couldn't get the ball into the net,” he said.

"The game continued in the same trend after the break.

"We hit the post five times and probably had 25 shots at goal for the game, but their goal-keeper having an outstanding game and our poor finishing cost us the win.

"Its a disappointing result considering our places on the ladder, but we will move on and look to bounce back next weekend against Central.”

In the other men's match, Clinton kept its double-chance finals hopes alive with a 2-0 win against Berserker.

Scott Rouse and Josh Finlay were the goal-scorers for the winners.

Meanwhile the BITS Sharks division one women's team scored a 3-0 win against Central.

The other women's match between Meteor Rites and Clinton FC was played late yesterday afternoon.

Meteor Rites sit outright top with Clinton FC in clear second.



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