Central FC run out of steam at Frenchville
SOCCER: A lack of fitness during the dying minutes was the catalyst for an inflated scoreline as Central FC went down 4-1 against Frenchville in the CQ Premier League.
Central took a 1-nil lead into half-time courtesy of a 13th-minute goal to Garth Lawrie, but three goals in the final 12 minutes scuttled Central's chances.
The CQPL newcomers started brightly and were good value for opening goal when Lawrie latched onto a through ball, beat a Frenchville defender and rounded the goalkeeper to tap home from close range.
Central had an opportunity to go two goals up before half-time when a Trae Clark run through the middle of the park found Ryan Smith, whose shot hit the post and saw his rebound attempt narrowly go over the crossbar.
The half-time message from Central coach Joel Maudsley was a simple one - keep up the same level of performance.
"We were knocking the ball around well and the focus was obviously not letting them in and scoring again ourselves," Maudsley said.
"Even when we came out (after half-time) we were holding the play quite well.
"They got their (first) goal against the run of play and then from there they came over the top of us."
Central held its more fancied rivals out until the 69th minute when Frenchville captain Tim Hickey scored the equaliser.
The Roos took the lead in the 78th minute when Tim Zimitat found the back of the net before quick-fire goals to Jakeb Weber (89th minute) and Jordan Miller (90th minute) inflated the scoreline in Frenchville's favour.
"It was the same as previous weeks where we've had a few chances to extend the lead and put the game to bed," he said.
"In the second half they came out and levelled the score up, got ahead and then when we were pressing for goals to get us back level but just ran out of puff.
"They got two goals at the end which blew the scoreline out."
Central will conclude a three-match run of away games this weekend when they travel to Webber Park to take on top-four rivals Bluebirds United.