Bobcats stay in race

THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats put their semi-final aspirations back on track with a convincing 5-1 win over Casino at the weekend in the Far North Coast Premier Soccer League.

Sitting mid-table, the Bobcats will need to build on this result and string a few wins on the back of it to get them back into semi-final calculations.

Under lights at Casino, the Bobcats started well when a good interchange of passing down the left released Aaron Bylos to slot home the Bobcats first goal after 15 minutes.

Casino levelled from the penalty spot 10 minutes later but Bylos restored the Bobcats lead before half time when he worked a short corner with Kevin Crofton, before rifling a shot in the near post. The Bobcats took a well-deserved 2-1 lead to the break.

In the second half the Casino keeper was doing everything to keep his side in the game with a string of fingertip saves but in the end the pressure from the Bobcats proved too much.

Evergreen striker Grant Neilson wound back the clock with a second half hat-trick to top off a fine all-round performance from the Maclean outfit.

The only setback to come from the match was the late sending off of Craig Anderson for a second yellow card.

While all the Bobcats played well, goal scorers Bylos and Neilson stood out, and midfielder Aaron Swanson had a fine game against his former club.

In the Premier reserves, the Bobcats premiership charge faltered a little when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Casino.

Renald Munro put the Bobcats ahead early in the match but Casino scored twice and looked like taking full points, before Scott Primrose rescued a point for the Bobcats with a late goal.

Next Saturday the Bobcats host bogey team Byron Bay at Barry Watts Oval, Maclean.


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