Magpies too good for Blues
BLUEBIRDS' two best chances against Nerimbera at Pilbeam Park on Saturday were in the opening and dying stages of their CQ Premiership match, and that proved not to be enough to claim the spoils.
With the clock barely started, Bluebirds striker Bradd Dillon had the opportunity to capitalise on indecision in the Nerimbera defence, but the Blues' leading scorer spurned the opening and his side had to wait until late in the match before finding the net, and by then it was too late.
It was a comfortable 3-1 victory for the Magpies, with striker Finn McKenzie achieving hero status by scoring all of his side's goals.
The surprise of the night was provided by Emerald, which beat high-flying Frenchville 3-1 at Ryan Park.
The Eagles struggled after making a bright start to their debut season in the CQ Premier competition, as the reality of travelling took hold.
But at the weekend, Frenchville coach John Ganly conceded his young side was beaten by a better team.
"I thought we were ordinary, while they fought for everything all night," Ganly said. "They also got numbers behind the ball when they didn't have it. Their goals did come from our mistakes but we didn't deserve to win the game."
Frenchville found the net through its best player on the night, 16-year-old Jake Wilson, who latched on to a cross-field pass from Tim Barker and slipped the ball into Emerald's net.
Ganly must now get his players ready for the top-of-the-table clash with Clinton without Patrick Grice and Alex Myers, who were both injured.
The re-match of the all-Gladstone Wesley Hall Cup final of 2011 failed to produce a similar result to last year.
Cup-holder Central was swept away 4-1 by neighbour Clinton in this league fixture.
Clinton controlled much of the game, with Central getting on the scoreboard only through an Andrew Maynard penalty.
Clinton even did it the hard way, with Liam Jones sent off to leave his team to battle with 10 men on the park.
Clinton 4 def Central 1
Emerald 3 def Frenchville 1
Nerimbera 3 def Bluebirds 1
Southside v Cap Coast result not found