Clinton ruin Roos’ run

Clinton's Cooper West challenges Frenchville's Paul Jackson for the ball.

By Liam Emerton

The Football Queensland Premier League Central Coast has seen an undefeated streak snapped in the biggest match of the season.

A couple of quick-fire second half goals took down the defending champions when the Frenchville Roos travelled to BITS Field to take on Clinton FC.

The Grubs and Frenchville were locked at 0-0 in the first half but two rapid goals scored by Anthony Cobb and Ethan Munster early in the second half was enough for Clinton to beat their rivals.

The 2021 grand final replay was always leaning on a knife-edge but with strong home support it was the Grubs who got the win over their fiercest competitor.

It was a big day for Clinton as well with their women’s squad playing in the quarter finals of the Kappa Cup.

Unfortunately for the women’s premier league leaders they were outclassed by Edge Hill United and beaten 7-1.

In other matches in the men’s premier league, the Nerimbera Magpies found their feet again by knocking off the Capricorn Coast Eagles 4-3.

And in the final match Central FC defeated Southside United 3-1 with a double to Garth Lawrie the main difference-maker.

This weekend most of the teams will break except for Frenchville who will play Across the Waves in the first of two games of the Football Queensland Premier League Champions League competition.

The match will be hosted at Ryan Park this Saturday in what is being considered by many as a great step for local soccer.

“The FQPL Champions League is set to deliver fantastic new opportunities for our regional

players through exposure to high level competition as they come up against teams from outside their conference,” said FQ General Manager Central Coast Region Andy Allan.

“This allows them to get a sense of how they compare to players in the equivalent leagues in

other regions while also acting as an additional talent identification opportunity.

“The participating teams will also benefit from exposure to travel as they progress through each stage of the tournament, with the last remaining regional side taking on the SEQ based FQPL1Premiers in the FQPL Champions League Final.”

To determine the Central Conference qualifier, Frenchville FC and Across the Waves will

compete in a two-legged tie based on aggregate scores.

The first will be this weekend at Frenchville while the second leg will take place on 13 August at The Waves Sports Complex.