KICKER: Emerald’s Ben Ross and Clinton’s Rene Pizzy in last year’s match at Clinton Park.
KICKER: Emerald’s Ben Ross and Clinton’s Rene Pizzy in last year’s match at Clinton Park. Christopher Chan GLAPREM

Emerald Eagles lose to Clinton in a nail biter of a match

THE Emerald Eagles nearly pulled off the win of the season when they played 2012 champions Clinton in last weekend's round 5 match of the Central Queensland Premier League.

The final score was 4-3, and club president Matt Holzigal said it was a good effort by the boys against "the benchmark of the competition".

"For us to come that close was good," he said.

"We were up 1-nil and then they got the penalty.

"They went up another two and we scored another two to make it 3-3.

"Then they scored a late winner with a couple of minutes to go."

In front of a home crowd, Benny Ross put two on the board and Bobby Bracken contributed with one goal.


"We're looking for (Ross) to be one of our top scorers for the season," Holzigal said.


"He's in good form… I am proud of all the boys it was a great performance by the team."

Reserve Grade lost 5-1 but Holzigal said the side wasn't reflecting on that loss too much.

"It was just a couple of mistakes that cost us goals," he said.

The side hopes to keep this current good form when it takes on Central in Emerald tomorrow from 2pm.

Holzigal said the return of players should help bolster the side's chances against Central who is tied with them on the ladder.

"I have every confidence in the side," he said.

"I'm hoping to come off with two good results."

The club is holding a raffle with first prize two tickets to the Manchester United versus A-League All Stars game at the ANZ Stadium on July 30 including flights to Sydney from Brisbane.

Raffle tickets are going on sale soon for $5.

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