Clinton’s Matt Smillie in control of the ball against Southside at Clinton Park on Sunday in the easy Premier League win.
Clinton’s Matt Smillie in control of the ball against Southside at Clinton Park on Sunday in the easy Premier League win. Kerry Thomas

Clinton cruises past Southside

CLINTON’S attention turned immediately to the match against cap Coast after their 5-nil defeat of Southside on Sunday at Clinton Park.

Clinton coach Derek Horton said his players were already focussed on this weekend’s home clash against Cap Coast, who had the better of Clinton last time.

They’ll be out to show their top place on the ladder is deserved and the 3-2 loss in round one was an aberration.

On Sunday, it was again the Grubs’ gun midfield on display and the bulk of the match was played in Clinton’s attacking half.

With nothing but Southside players in front of them, Horton said it was important the side took its time setting up chances to score.

"We work on being patient and if it gets congested, we come out and go out across and down the other side," he said.

This was symbolised perfectly with the teams fifth goal, when Scott Rouse received the ball at the back flank, passed to Rene Pizzy in the middle who ran through and found Rouse who’d dashed to attack and slotted the ball past the keeper for his second of the match.

The last 20 minutes were the solidest of the match for Clinton, who found it difficult to strangle opposition teams, according to Horton.

"We’re probably a little lackadaisical and waiting for things to happen rather than making them happen," he said.

With the score at 2-nil at the main break, the coach implored his team to keep attacking and he rested key players Matt Smillie and skipper Brendan Hancock.

Joe Skelhorn moved into the midfield from his customary full back role and relished the chance to be closer to goal.

"All the young fellas out there did the job and it was good to be able to get a look at them in different roles," Horton said.

"Blake Kennedy’s been really unlucky...but he’ll get his opportunity and I’ve told him to get his chin up."

Clinton is scheduled to play Cap Coast this Saturday night at 7.30pm.

Result

Clinton 5 Southside nil

Goals: Scott Rouse 2, Blake Kennedy 1, Tom Stephens 1, Brendan Hancock 1.