It's Roo hunting time for Clinton FC
SOCCER: Clinton FC must quickly shift focus towards Saturday night's CQ Premier League preliminary final against Frenchville after frustrating penalty shootout loss to Cap Coast in a controversy-laden major semi-final last weekend.
Trailing 1-0 at half-time, the Grubs equalised in the 53rd minute courtesy of a curling Mitch Innocend free kick, but couldn't push on and claim a winner during regular or extra time, resulting in penalties at Yeppoon's Apex Park.
However, the shootout wasn't as straight forward as it seemed according to Clinton assistant coach Dan Horton.
"It felt like we weren't getting the rub of the green the whole game,” he said.
"Matt Varnes missed our first penalty and then (Cap Coast captain) Dylan Kussrow had to score to win but missed the whole goal.
"But the linesman called the referee over and said (Clinton goalkeeper) Daniel White moved off his line, which he hadn't, it was no different to the last eight penalties so I didn't understand the problem.
"So they got to retake it and he scored it. It got a bit heated afterwards because everyone was wondering what the hell was going on because both keepers were doing the exact same thing and nothing was brought up.
"We thought we were back in it, but he got to retake it so it was pretty controversial and frustrating, but we should have had the game wrapped up within the 90 minutes.”
Hoping to get more out of the game, Horton said Clinton must move on towards Frenchville this weekend with a win allowing the Grubs a grand final berth and another crack at the Yeppoon side.
Clinton have had the Roos' measure this year not losing a game against them in 2017.
"We're used to having big games against them given the rivalry we've had over the last few years but we've definitely had their measure this year,” Horton said.
"They look to be back to full strength and will come here with nothing to lose.
"We'll definitely have to be on our game, but being back at home at Clinton which is a fortress for us we'll be hoping to get it done.”
The Clinton Oval match kicks off at 7pm.