SAFE HANDS: Berserker keeper Michael Hogarth stretches well to save a headed shot at goal from Eagles striker Michael Moore.
SAFE HANDS: Berserker keeper Michael Hogarth stretches well to save a headed shot at goal from Eagles striker Michael Moore. Trinette Stevens

Chances high and goals aplenty

CHANCES were high and goals aplenty as Berserker and Emerald staged a thrilling 3-all draw.

Emerald enjoyed more possession and opportunities but it was the Bears who were more clinical in front of goal, leaving neither side satisfied with just the one point.

A Simon Hogarth first-half brace had the Bears in front 2-0 early before the Eagles rallied to go into the break down by a goal, thanks to a smart finish my Michael Moore.

A pep-talk spurred the visitors on with a quick equaliser, courtesy of a Shannon Elford screaming free-kick. Hogarth sealed his hat-trick (and 12th goal of the season) as Berserker hit the front once more before Emerald substitute Harry Hughes cancelled it out with a tap-in.

"We are bitterly disappointed to throw away the two point lead, got off to a perfect start, we looked to shut it up but to Emerald's credit they just kept coming and coming," the central midfielder said post-game.

"It was a good hard game though, definitely impressed with Emerald today, they had a couple of players backing up from reserves I noticed, it's a hard gig to come out this way and they should be proud of their effort today.

"Simon Hogarth got a hat-trick - you can't do much more than that as a striker.

"Sammy Badger came out of second division and played up front, he was strong all day too. Michael Hogarth in goal, he isn't our first choice keeper but he just got in there and had a go, full credit to him.

"We were down a few troops from our roster, like Emerald I'd say but the boys all did well. A point is better than none."

After heavy defeats in the last few rounds, Eagles winger Cody Rumpf was impressed with the "shift" put in by his teammates.

"Both sides had plenty of chances, we probably should have capitalised on a few more of ours so that's a little disappointing," Rumpf said.

"We put a good shift in today, all the boys should be pretty happy, they played their hearts out."

Rumpf singled out keeper Glenn Gilmour, striker Shannon Elford and the central midfield as his best performers.

"Glenn Gilmour is a great goalkeeper, easily one of the best in Central Queensland - he kept us in the game today.

"Shannon doesn't hit free kicks like that too often but when he does they are pinged in - he did the team proud today."

All teams have a bye this weekend in CQ, with play resuming on Saturday, July 9.

CQ Premier Grade

1 Clinton FC 24

2 Cap Coast 23

3 Frenchville 22*

4 Southside 14

5 Bluebirds 12

6 Parkana 10

7 Berserker 6

8 Emerald 5

9 Nerimbera 4

*two games in hand



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