Bobcats down Stars
By Grant Neilson
FOR the second game in a row the Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats showed plenty of courage to come from behind and win, this time downing Italo Stars 3-2 in the Far North Coast Premier League football.
It was a super fast match of very high quality and in the second half became firey midfield battle in more ways then one, but the Bobcats kept their cool to twice come from behind and snatch a vital away victory.
Immediately from the kick off it was obvious that there were two quality teams committed to expansive passing football, but it took to 30 minute mark for the deadlock to be broken.
A mishit clearance from the Bobcats fell straight to Stars who easily tuck the ball away to make it 1-0.
Maclean's reply was swift when a sweeping right side movement released Eris Dufficy to power a shot that the Stars' keeper spectacularly tipped onto the bar, but Travis Armstrong was on hand to nod in the equalizer.
In an all action first half Stars hit back again with a powerful header from a corner to take a slender advantage to the break.
The second half turned into a torrid midfield battle with rugged tackling a feature.
The Bobcats showed patience in wearing there opposition down and with 15 minutes remaining Armstrong equalized for a second time with a cool finish from the edge of the area after being released by Izaac McClymont.
Then with five minutes to go McClymont went from provider to scorer when he hit a scorching shot from 20 metres out to seal a memorable, come-from-behind win to consolidate the Bobcats top five position on the ladder.
Best for the Bobcats were the hard-tackling central pairing of Dufficy and Aaron Swanson, who both bossed the centre of the park when the going got tough.
In the premier reserves the Bobcats showed some of their best football of the season, but lacked the firepower in front of goals to make it count, eventually going down 3-1 to Stars.
Renald Munro was the goal scorer from the penalty spot.
Next week Stars and the Bobcats go for round two in Maclean after the first match of the year was washed out.
It is sure to be a fast and furious encounter with Stars out for revenge and the Bobcats keen to improve their position on the ladder.
Premier reserves kick off at 1pm with the premier league game starting at the 3pm on Saturday at Barry Watts Oval Maclean.