Bobcats lack spark
THE Maclean Bobcats’ season started with a fizzle rather than a bang at the weekend.
The Bobcats went down 5-4 on penalties to the Westlawn Tigers on Saturday in the Solo Cup state-wide knockout competition, before drawing 1-1 with Boambee on Sunday in the North Coast Football first division.
In what was one of the worst Maclean performances in recent memory, the Bobcats never got out of first gear against a determined Westlawn outfit, and three major defensive errors meant the game ended 3-3 after normal time.
Maclean had led 2-0 before being pegged back to a 3-2 lead at half-time and the Tigers deserved their equaliser, which came from yet another defensive blunder.
Maclean missed a penalty near the end of normal time and lost the penalty shootout lottery, with Westlawn progressing to the next round to play Byron Bay.
Coming off their terrible Saturday effort, the Bobcats needed a response to get anything out of their tough opening league match away against the Boambee Bombers.
Maclean dominated possession and enjoyed the better of the game, but Boambee never surrendered and always looked lethal going forward.
With the scores locked at nil-all in the second half, a pacey run from flanker Brodon Hirst led to a cut-back to the top of the 18-yard box, where Jesse Browning applied a low finish to put Maclean ahead.
This would have been the perfect remedy for the Saturday display.
However, another moment of indecision in the Bobcats’ defensive third led to Boambee equalising 10 minutes from time and securing a point.