Stirring fightback fails to net Bobcats the points

A STIRRING fightback from the Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats was not enough to steal the points from Far North Coast Premier League soccer leaders Goonellabah as they were edged out 4-3 in a thriller under lights at Yamba Oval on Tuesday night.

A good-sized crowd was on hand to watch the pulsating match between two teams of contrasting styles, and at the end of the day contrasting fortunes.

Goonellabah ambushed the Bobcats on the relatively unfamiliar surrounds of Yamba Oval and were up 2-0 after 10 minutes after to towering clearances unleashed their lightning fast strikers.

During the first 30 minutes the Bobcats appeared shellshocked and could not get into the game and when they conceded a third goal all appeared lost.

In the final 15 minutes they finally found their feet and evergreen striker Grant Neilson found the net.

Wrestling and twisting around his marker he found enough space to unleash an unstoppable left foot drive from 25 metres out that seemed to spark the Clarence team before the half-time break.

Determined to go down with a fight the Bobcats came out firing in the second half and after 15 minutes a well worked free kick enabled Aaron Bylos to thunder in a shot from the edge of the area with his deadly left boot and the Bobcats were right back in the match at 3-2.

However, against the run of play and with another long clearance and Goonellabah regained their two goal buffer with a carbon copy of their first goal.

But the Bobcats still weren't finished and with some brilliant lead play through midfield captain Kev Crofton was freed down the right to drill a low shot in off the far post to give the Bobcats something to play for in the frantic last 10 minutes.

Goonellabah were reduced to defending in numbers and booting the ball long but did so to good affect and were able to hold on for a win.

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