Bobcats claim prize scalp
MACLEAN Bobcats claimed their biggest scalp of the season so far with a 3-1 victory over Boambee Bombers in the NCF Men's Premier League clash at Barry Watts Oval on Saturday.
After withstanding an attacking barrage in the early exchanges, Bobcats found their footing in greasy conditions to establish a 3-0 lead before the highly-fancied visitors scored a consolation goal late.
"It's a pretty massive win for us," Bobcats coach Guiseppe Terranova said.
"Boambee are a good side and Brady Parker had about four good goal-scoring opportunities for them in the first 20 minutes. We rode our luck a little bit and then found our feet, came into the game and started creating opportunities ourselves."
Nick Potente delivered a dangerous free kick that took a deflection to Luke Hanlon, whose header found the goal of the near post to hand the hosts a 1-0 lead at half-time.
A 'keeper error handed Kevin Crofton a goal and Jarred Doyle's superb late strike put the result beyond doubt.
"The guys put in and got the just rewards so I'm rapt and couldn't be happier," Terranova said.
"Our 'keeper Riley Allen was outstanding and so were our back three once again."
The Round 10 win was crucial in maintaining the side's top-four claims. Maclean is currently fourth but has played an extra game and has the bye for tomorrow night's Round 11 mid-week games which will signal the halfway stage of the season.
The Bobcats lost 4-1 in Reserve Grade with Harry Menzies scoring the solitary goal.
Sarah Skinner scored a hat-trick for the side beaten 7-3 by Uranga in the Women's Premier League.
There was joy however in for Women's Reserve Grade with the Bobcats winning 4-1 with goals to Keira Fahey and Kelsey Sheehan and a double to Emily Loy.
NCF MEN'S PREMIER LEAGUE
Round 10 results
Maclean Bobcats 3 d Boambee Bombers 1
Woolgoolga Wolves 3 d Westlawn Tigers 0
Urunga Raiders 7 d Grafton United FC 1
Sawtell Scorpions 1 d Coffs Coast Tigers 0
CCUFC Lions 7 d Northern Storm Thunder 1
Ladder: 27 Urunga, 24 CCUFC Lions, 19 Sawtell, 16 Maclean, 14 Nthn Storm, 13 Boambee, 10 Orara Valley, 7 CC Tigers, 6 Woolgoolga, 1 Grafton Utd, 0 Westlawn.