Maclean show Yamba no mercy
ARRIVE at Yamba Sports Complex: 2pm. Warm up: 2.15pm. Kick off: 3pm. Win match: 3.03pm.
It took just 180 seconds on Saturday for Maclean to remind Yamba, their Lower River little brothers, just who are soccer’s First Division kings.
While the Breakers started as underdogs, Maclean wasted no time in asserting their authority before running away with an 8-0 triumph and the Valley’s bragging rights.
In just the second minute Bobcats striker Brodon Hirst launched an early contender for goal of the season when his weaving run resulted in a low strike and a 1-0 lead.
Moments later and the contest was as good as over when, as champion sides tend to do, Maclean put their opponents away in the same callous nature that has steered them to the top of the ladder after five rounds.
A sweeping passing movement started on the left, switched to the right before being crossed to Jarrad Doyle who scored a spectacular diving header.
This was followed by the ringing of alarm bells in the ears of the outclassed Breakers.
Yamba stemmed the tide for the next 10 minutes before the third of the Bobcats strikers, Fraser Robinson, smashed a goal from close range through a crowded penalty area to make it 3-0.
Doyle, carrying a niggling knee injury, poached two more goals before the break while Robinson snared one more to have the Bobcats in front by six and eyeing a record scoreline.
To Yamba’s credit they fought hard to the end and stemmed the bleeding in the second term.
Maclean boss Grant Neilson netted with his first touch and gun frontman Robinson completed his hat-trick and the scoring in the second stanza.
The result leaves the Bobcats flying high and on path to repeat last year’s title success but left the hapless Breakers floundering near the foot of the ladder.
It was a similar story in the Youth Grade as the Bobcats turned a 5-0 half-time lead into a 6-1 triumph.
For the second week in a row Pat Delaney was the star, finishing with a hat-trick highlighted by a bullet free kick into the top corner.
Sam Finlayson continued to grow into his role in centre midfield with an assured performance.