Maclean’s Riley Elvery in action in the youth grade against Sawtell at Maclean Showground.
Maclean’s Riley Elvery in action in the youth grade against Sawtell at Maclean Showground.

Hungry Bobcats maul brave Sawtell

THE Bobcats versus Sawtell match was one of only two games played in the first division last weekend – but it didn’t disappoint Maclean fans.

The 6-1 win does not reflect the toughness of the contest and how well Sawtell played after toiling away all day.

The opening 35 minutes was a real arm wrestle. Both teams were organised defensively and holding possession when they had it.

It took 40 minutes for the Bobcats to break through when Fraser Robinson’s fast feet won a penalty.

With Robinson unable to take the shot, Travis Armstrong coolly stepped up and put it away.

All Sawtell’s great work in the opening half came unstuck when the Bobcats doubled the lead moments later with Robinson finding the net to make it 2-0 at the break, a scoreline doing Sawtell no justice.

A deflated Sawtell came out in the second half full of hope but were deflated almost immediately as Robinson scored early to make it 3-0 and any hopes Sawtell had to come back appeared snuffed out.

Armstrong scored his second goal through a crowded goalmouth and Brodon Hirst capped another strong performance with a goal as well.

Robinson, who was the Bobcats’ best, completed his hat-trick when he turned in a Kev Crofton cross after an excellent advantage was played by referee Scott Anderson.

Sawtell picked up a deserved late consolation goal as just reward for their effort.

The win was soured for the Bobcats by what appears another serious injury, this time to Travis Armstrong.

He looks likely to join Aaron Bylos, Nash Johnson and Luke Pappalinas on the long-term injury list and with Jarrad Doyle also under a cloud, the Bobcats will be stretched to the limit when they meet Boambee in the top-of-the-table clash in a fortnight.

Luckily they have a week off next weekend.

Youth grade went a similar way to first grade with the Bobcats leading 2-0 at halftime before running away with a 5-0 win in the second half. Pat Delaney continued his fine form that has seen him getting chances in first grade and he scored a brace.

Sam Finlayson was the standout performer though and he punctuated his performance with two fine goals from long range and Dom Haupt also got on the scoresheet in a great day for the three mates from Iluka.



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