Clinton’s Isaac Ridgway and Yaralla’s Eammon Colbert battle it out at Clinton Oval.
Clinton’s Isaac Ridgway and Yaralla’s Eammon Colbert battle it out at Clinton Oval. Christopher Chan

Yaralla defeats Clinton after close first half

YARALLA football player Tommy Clohessy opened the account in Saturday night's match against Clinton with the first goal.

The evening was fresh at Clinton Oval, making it difficult for the team to get into full rhythm in the first half.

But come second half, Yaralla booted into gear to take the match 7-1.

Clinton coach and player Andrew Pelling said the first half was close.

"Our guys were definitely competitive."

The second half was a different story.

"They got three goals within five minutes and we sort of didn't recover from there," he said.

Clohessy said Yaralla showed great team performance.

The top player was happy to score the first goal of the night.

"It was a couple of good passes put together and good team work to put the ball through the defence," he said.

Clohessy said the rest of the first half didn't come together as well.

"It was really quiet on the pitch. In second half, Joe gave us a good team talk and we went out and smashed them."

Yaralla first division coach Joe Smith said they really came out blazing in the second half.

"It was some of the best stuff I've seen the guys play," he said.