Bobcats carry burden
By GRANT NEILSON Soccer writer
MACLEAN Bowling Club Bobcats' semi-final chances evaporated on the weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Lismore Workers in the Far North Coast Premier League soccer.
With five rounds remaining the Bobcats sit eight points adrift of the semi-final race and while it is mathematically possible for them to make it, in reality it will take a minor miracle.
Against Workers the Bobcats could consider themselves very unlucky not to have taken full points. Workers scored first after 10 minutes when a communication breakdown gifted them an opportunity that was driven in from just outside the area, but that only masked the Bobcats early dominance as they had already had a number of near-misses themselves.
After the setback the Bobcats continued to press hard and could have easily had three goals before the break. First, Kyle Sutton's header just squeezed by the far post, then Matt Bryant rattled the bar with a thunderbolt and Aaron Bylos was already wheeling away in celebration when his goal bound effort was miraculously tipped around the post by the Workers keeper to give them a 1-0 halftime lead.
Once again the Bobcats were slow to start after the break and it was Workers turn to ap- ply the pressure and only calm keeping from Terry Wratten kept the Lismore heavyweights at bay on at least three occasions in the first 10 minutes.
But the Bobcats found their feet and midway through the half Kev Crofton charged onto a Bylos corner to nod the Bobcats an equaliser.
Both teams were desperate for a result and it was all out attack on all fronts. The introduction of Adam Busby and James Austin on the left seemed to lift the Bobcats with Busby bursting into the box from left back on two occasions but he could not get the ball into the net. In the end the spoils were shared but a point was no good for either team chasing the top five.