GALLERY: Southside rue missed chances against Clinton
IT WASN'T the spectacle the fans had hoped it would be, when Southside United met Clinton at Jardine Park under lights on Saturday. Instead, it was a tense, often scrappy struggle between two of the strong contenders in the CQ Premier League.
Southside skipper Alden Gregory said he was disappointed his side couldn't finish Clinton off in the latter stages of the second half.
"We finished the stronger team and had every opportunity to win the game, but couldn't get the job done," Alden lamented.
"It was a very close contest and certainly not our, or their, best football. The momentum of the match swung with both teams. In the first half I think it was reasonably even and they scored mid-way through, when we had a bit of mix-up between our defence and goalie and they potted a scrappy goal. In the second half they started the stronger and were on top for the first 15 or 20 minutes."
After that, Southside got their structures together and wrested control of the match back from Clinton.
"In the second 20 minutes of the second half, we got ourselves organised and built momentum," Gregory said.
"Our midfield player Matt Favari got the ball, beat one Clinton player and was in space with a one-on-one with the goalie. He didn't miss and slotted the goal and it was one-all. After that goal we should have scored more. We had the momentum and created much more opportunities than Clinton but we just didn't capitalise on them."
Southside missed two strong chances in front of goal late in the match which would have won them the game. They hit the post with one shot and Sean Gasperson climbed high to beat the Clinton defence and he made solid contact with the ball. His header just missed the far post.
Despite the draw, Gregory remains philosophical about the outcome and its relevance to the rest of the season. "While we are disappointed we didn't win, well we didn't lose," Gregory said.
"In the league, there are three strong teams, us, Clinton and Frenchville. All three teams can beat the other two in any given match. While it would have been nice to come away with the win, we'll take a draw with Clinton."
The draw puts Clinton on top of the table, one point clear of Bluebirds, who suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 4-0 to Frenchville. Both Clinton and Bluebirds have played five games, while Frenchville and Southside have only played three and two games respectively, to sit in fourth and fifth position.