Bobcats win with goal frenzy
By Grant Neilson
THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats confirmed themselves as the entertainers of the Far North Coast Premier League with another high scoring win, this time downing the highly rated Richmond Rovers 6-2 in Lismore on the weekend.
The win has lifted the Bobcats above Rovers into third place on the premiership table with a game in hand.
The match begun at a frenetic pace with the Bobcats racing to a 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes.
Kevin Crofton opening the scoring for the Bobcats finishing off a smart passing movement down the left.
Travis Armstrong volleyed in the Bobcats second after a movement down the right and then Izaac McClymont went straight down the middle and around the keeper to make it 3-0 before Rovers knew what hit them.
Rovers then hit back in quick succession after being awarded a penalty and followed up with a second goal to bring them right back into the match at 3-2.
However, straight from the kick off after the second goal Jeremy Walters' pace down the right led to a Bobcats penalty which Aaron Bylos duely despatched.
On the half hour mark the Bobcats hit their fifth goal with Gary Carmichael nodding in after Rovers failed to deal with a corner.
Seven goals in the first half hour was quite remarkable and the teams went to the break with the score 5-2.
Coach Steve O'Sullivan got the team to the break and advised that they had enough goals to win the game and they only needed to be sensible in the second half.
However, the Bobcats know only one way and that is to attack and they continued to create chances in the second half.
Mid-way through Bylos scored his second with a rasping volley from 30 yards out that deceived everyone in a crowded penalty area.
In the end the Bobcats tactical awareness and ability to stick with their game plan was the reason that they were as superior as the scoreline suggests against a team that is considered a genuine contender this season.
The Bobcats are warming to the task now and must be considered contenders too with such a commanding performance.
Strikers Armstrong and McClymont had outstanding games for the Maclean team and midfielder Walters continued his fine form down the right flank.
In the Premier Reserves the Bobcats gave the competition front runners a real scare when they went to the break leading 1-0 after a clever Broden Hirst goal.
However, Rovers bounced back in the second half and found the net three times before Hirst scored his second from the penalty spot as the Bobcats went down 3-2.
The Bobcats have the weekend off next week due to a representative fixture. Bobcats captain Kevin Crofton has made the Far North Coast team to play the Gold Coast in a curtain raiser to an A-League match between Sydney FC and Queensland Roar at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast.