Bobcats reel in the Sharks
FNC Football Premier League
THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats ended the Lennox Head Sharks' six-game winning streak with a thrilling 4-3 win at Barry Watts Oval, Maclean, on Saturday.
The Bobcats dominated for long periods and were leading comfortably at 4-1 with 15 minutes remaining, but two late slip-ups handed Lennox a way back into the match before time ran out for the visitors.
The win lifted the Bobcats into third place on the premiership ladder behind Lennox and runaway leaders Byron Bay.
The first half was a cagey affair with the Bobcats holding possession and knocking the ball square across the back and in midfield with Lennox playing deep with men behind the ball.
Midway through the half Gary Carmichael scored for Maclean when Lennox failed to deal with a corner and the Bobcats took the lead.
Ten minutes later the Sharks drew level with a low shot from the left side to Paul Kirkland and the teams went to the break at 1-all.
The Bobcats came out and blitzed Lennox in the opening 20 minutes of the second half with some very well constructed goals.
First Eris Dufficy timed his run into the box perfectly to finish a sweeping right side movement that started way back with keeper Graeme Courte.
Izaac McClymont added his name to the scoresheet with another goal that started with the keeper, before Travis Armstrong showed a cool head to slide his shot inside the far post from the edge of the area and the Bobcats were cruising.
Two late defensive lapses allowed Kirkland to complete a late hat-trick, but there was no reason to celebrate for the Lennox striker with the Bobcats taking all three points in what was a pulsating encounter. Best for the Bobcats was Jeremy Walters who terrorised the Sharks down the right-hand side all afternoon like a big game fisherman.
Next Saturday the Bobcats travel to Lismore to take on Richmond Rovers in a crucial match to the semi-final makeup.
Rovers are one point behind Maclean in fourth place and another win for the Bobcats will help consolidate an all-important top three finish for the team which is flying the flag for football in the Clarence Valley.
nIn the Premier Reserves the Bobcats stumbled to a 2-1 defeat which leaves them with a tenuous hold of fifth position on the ladder, while the Bobcats Third Graders were also pipped 3-2 by the Westlawn Tigers.