CELEBRATION: Bluebirds Nicolas Kirkpatrick and Liam McLean.
CELEBRATION: Bluebirds Nicolas Kirkpatrick and Liam McLean. Allan Reinikka ROK270517asoccer1

Bluebirds birthday boy comes of age

FOOTBALL: Bluebirds birthday boy Liam McLean blew out the candles of Southside's top four hopes scoring the match-winning goal with the final kick of the game.

The now 20-year-old striker celebrated in style as he belted his left foot striker into the back of the net to seal a 2-1 win.

In a game that could easily have gone both ways, the Uniteds went end to end, with opportunities a constant all throughout.

 

Soccer: Southsides' Sam Jasperson.
Soccer: Southsides' Sam Jasperson. Allan Reinikka ROK270517asoccer2

McLean's hard running, direct game, packed with power and pace proved the difference. He finished with a brace, giving him four goals for the season.

It is the second time Bluebirds have got out of jail at Jardine Park this season - last time they settled for a point - but both coming at the death.

Around the grounds

  • Frenchville 3 Parkana 1
  • Southside 1 Bluebirds 2
  • Cap Coast 4 Nerimbera 0

"It was a good way to celebrate my birthday that's for sure," the youngster said.

"I slotted my first goal with my right foot with the goal open but the second I put it onto the left. I don't score too many with it.

"Southside were very tough to break down. I feel like we played well in the second half but did drop off when they scored.

"Just glad to get the points."

 

Soccer: Southside's Nathan Mutch v Bluebirds' Nicolas Kirkpatrick .
Soccer: Southside's Nathan Mutch v Bluebirds' Nicolas Kirkpatrick . Allan Reinikka ROK270517asoccer4

When Southside forward Yianni Kondilis brought the game back to 1-1 with under 10 to go, the home side's tails went up. His free kick slamming low and hard in the goal brought both hope and energy to the red and whites.

Despite looking the better team in the dying stages, when it counted, McLean was the difference.

"I definitely like to use my pace as my strength," the number 9 said.

"We were coming off a draw against Frenchville so it was nice to get back to winning.

"We play Parkana at home. They are always really unpredictable and tricky to face when it is their day.

"Hopefully I can continue my goal-scoring form and get a few more."

 

Soccer: Southside v Bluebirds .
Soccer: Southside v Bluebirds . Allan Reinikka ROK270517asoccer3

Bluebirds have their first home game of the season at Webber Park this weekend, complete with the women's game as well.

For Southside, a team playing without luck, need to take some big scalps over the next few weeks to make the top four.



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