Decade-long hoodoo broken in Gladstone
FOOTBALL: Cap Coast FC has broken a 10-year hoodoo defeating Gladstone rivals Clinton FC at their home ground.
Their 2-1 win is a major psychological blow to the men in green and white who haven't lost at Clinton Oval since 2012.
Attacking midfielder Dylan Kussrow was the star but the goals came from out of the attacking line - and early on.
Centre-back Ben McMaster turned one in off a corner, then midfielder Jack Frahm hit a stunning strike from long range.
The orange boys were 2-0 up after 20 minutes.
Clinton pulled one back through Mitch Innocend late in the half but weren't able to break through Cap Coast resolute and structured line for the winner.
Coach Josh McLennan applauded his entire squad.
"The lads fought hard for each other and worked very hard as a defensive unit,” McLennan said.
"In the second half Clinton's tactics were clear from the outset.
"We had some massive performances by multiple players to hold on.”
The game was a carbon copy of Cap Coast's win over the same side in the FFA Cup clash at home.
While this result no doubt brought belief to the undefeated Yeppoon boys, they aren't getting carried away.
"They were pretty happy with the win but they were quickly reminded that the job isn't done yet,” he said.
"A few of the lads had won there before in cup matches, but only four players were part of the last win in the premier league down there in 2007.
"We had the belief from the FFA Cup games earlier in the year but Clinton Oval is a very tough place to get three points.”
Cap Coast are on the road again next, to Webber Park where the in-form Bluebirds United await.