Bobcats back on track
THE Maclean Bobcats got their 2011 North Coast Football season back on track with a deserved 2-0 victory over Northern Storm at Barry Watts Oval on Saturday.
Brilliant sunshine greeted the sides but despite the ideal conditions both began nervously.
The first half was a real arm wrestle with both the Storm and the Bobcats playing an attractive style of pass-and-move football.
The Storm were well marshalled to mostly long-range efforts by the Maclean backline while the Bobcats looked menacing on the counter attack, missing a number of gilt-edged chances.
When the half-time whistle blew both teams had reason to believe they could go on to win the game.
The second half began with calls from both benches to seize the initiative and look for the opening goal.
It became clear as the half wore on that Maclean were beginning to dominate.
Experienced trio Kevin Crofton, Aaron Bylos and Gary Carmichael began to find more space before a slick passing move down the Bobcats' right-hand side involving five players led to Jarred Doyle streaking onto a through ball.
His early cross was met by Brodon Hirst who slid in to apply the finish as Maclean took a deserved 1-0 lead.
The Storm still threatened from set pieces but the introduction of the lively Luke Pappalinas to the fray delivered the Bobcats a second goal courtesy of a deflection.
In youth grade, a gutsy 10-man Maclean side won 5-3 thanks in part to two sizzling goals from striker Dominic Haupt.