PACE: Central FC player Joel Frost in the clear against Southside at Jardine Park on Saturday night.
PACE: Central FC player Joel Frost in the clear against Southside at Jardine Park on Saturday night. Chris Ison ROK150418cscoccer1

Central win, Clinton pushed by 'genuine title contenders'

SOCCER: Clinton FC has scored consecutive CQ Premier League wins after seeing off Bluebirds United 1-0 at Rockhampton's Webber Park at the weekend.

The visitors had to work hard for victory with the winning goal from Mitch Innocend not coming until the first minute of stoppage time.

Clinton assistant coach Dan Horton knew after cruising past Nerimbera 9-0 last week, the Bluebirds were going to be a vastly different game to the Magpies one.

"Playing Bluebirds at Webber Park is always a very tough game, where any points you get are valuable ones,” he said.

"They're a very good young side that have been building for a few years now.

"They're genuine title contenders so it was a massive three points for us because they'll take points off the other top four teams this season.”

Horton conceded a draw would have been a fairer result as both teams created numerous chances on goal.

"We need to start taking our chances, there were too many wasted opportunities and we'll continue to work on avoiding turning over so much ball in dangerous areas,” he said.

Fellow Gladstone side Central FC won its first game of the season with a 3-2 victory away from home against Southside United.

Leading 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a 30th-minute goal to Grant Stokes, Southside squared the contest before Central regained the lead 55 minutes in when Garth Lawrie guided home a free kick.

The CQPL newcomers surrendered the lead again before Ryan Smith scored the winner in the 86th minute.

Central coach Joel Maudsley was frustrated his side couldn't put the game to bed sooner.

"We had numerous chances to really put a few goals' buffer ahead of them but to their credit they scrambled a goal each time to draw it up,” he said.

"I was very impressed though with our response not letting the scores stay level for too long and pushing to regain the lead.”

RESULTS

Clinton FC 1 (Mitch Innocend) def. Bluebirds Utd 0

Central FC 3 (Grant Stokes, Garth Lawrie, Ryan Smith) def. Southside Utd 2.