Veteran Bobcats playmaker Kevin Crofton shows his deft touch on the ball while under pressure from a Casino player during Satur
Veteran Bobcats playmaker Kevin Crofton shows his deft touch on the ball while under pressure from a Casino player during Satur

Bobcats on verge of big things

FNC Premier League Soccer by Grant Neilson

THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats put in a workman-like performance to beat Casino 3-0 in the weekend's round of the Far North Coast Premier League football.

The Maclean team played with the assuredness of a team that is on the verge of some big performances in the near future.

The match could not have started better for the Bobcats when a sharp passing move saw Izaac McClymont release Jeremy Walters with a well-timed through ball and Walters made no mistake with the finish to make it 1-0 after just three minutes.

The Bobcats went on to dominate the first half, but their finishing cost as many as a half a dozen gilt-edged chances and the teams went to the break with the same 1-nil scoreline.

The second half started just as well when a cool finish from Aaron Swanson, against his former club, doubled the Bobcats lead.

Swanson hit the net for a second time soon after but unluckily had his effort disallowed because a teammate strayed offside.

The pressure could have been re-applied on the hosts when Casino were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes to go, but Bobcat keeper Graeme Courte once again enhanced his reputation with another fine penalty save.

Soon after the Bobcats wrapped up the match with the finest goal of the game when strikers Travis Armstrong and McClymont combined to release Swanson to slot home his second fine finish of the game to secure what was a comfortable 3-0 win.

For the Bobcats Swanson excelled against his old club and he got great support from the in-form Matt Bryant.

In the premier reserves the Bobcats cruised to a 3-1 win. First half goals from Joe Turner, Jack Plater and Broden Hirst set up the win, but a lack lustre second term saw the young Bobcats outfit limp to a 3-1 victory.

Next Saturday the Bobcats travel to Lismore to take on perennial heavyweights Lismore Workers. Reserves kick off at 1pm and Premiers at 3pm.



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