Frenchville goalkeeper Richard Buckle collects the ball during Saturday’s clash against Central at Ryan Park.
Frenchville goalkeeper Richard Buckle collects the ball during Saturday’s clash against Central at Ryan Park. Chris Ison

Frenchville demolishes Central

FRENCHVILLE climbed to the top of the CQ Premier League table with a thumping 5-1 win over reigning premier Central at Ryan Park on Saturday night.

The win elevated Frenchville above Clinton, though the Gladstone side has a game in hand after its clash with Southside was called off because of the heavy weekend rain that drenched Central Queensland.

At a wet Ryan Park the home side was quickly on the front foot, with striker Paul Jackson firing it into an early lead in the seventh minute.

Former Cougar Jesse Thompson made it 2-0 three minutes later.

Second-half strikes to Ben Millar (65th minute), Patrick Grice (67th minute) and Jake Wilson (90th minute) moved John Ganley's team to 28 points, one ahead of Clinton.

Garth Lawrie hit the back of the net in the 89th minute for the defending premier, which is now four points behind third-placed Nerimbera, having played two games more.

Ganley said he had spoken to his players about starting the game well.

"We worked hard in the early stages and created a few chances," he said. "Central are a decent team and they have shown they can win games."

He said Thompson showed plenty of desire to get involved in the game and midfielders Millar and Tim Barker also put in strong performances.

Despite sitting at the top of the ladder, Ganley is taking nothing for granted.

"It's good, but there is still pressure to maintain our performances," he said.

"Each game, no matter where a team sits on the ladder, a side can take points off the other."

In the weekend's only other game to go ahead Bluebirds and Emerald played out a 3-all draw, with Bluebirds' goals from Bradd Dillon and a double to Yianni Kondilis.



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