A win and a loss for Bobcats Premier League teams

A disjointed FFNC Premier League Football came together with the Maclean Bobcats women’s and men’s teams both playing on Sunday at home at Barry Watts Oval Maclean.

The women took on Bangalow who were three places above them on the ladder and the men took on the high flying second placed Byron Bay.

The Premier League women’s encounter was first up and the youthful Bobcats seemed to be on cruise control during the first half. Izzy Dransfield opened the scoring and two more to leading scorer Rachael Anderson had three on the board for the locals but the classy Bangalow outfit netted one themselves and the teams went to the break with the Bobcats 3-1 to the good.

The second half was a see sawing affair and at first, when Andersons pace and power, scored a forth goal it looked like the Bobcats were coasting to a victory with the score at 4-1. Bangalow had other ideas and as they started to win the midfield battle they created opportunities and in a blink of the eye it was 4-4. Short-lived that was, and once again it was Anderson that was too hard to contain and when she netted the Bobcats fifth with a calm one on one finish that gave the locals 10 minutes to hang on. Bangalow through everything at the Bobcats and a crucial double save from custodian Deanne, ensured that the Bobcats hang on they did to record a memorable victory against one of the top sides in the league. The win also saw them jump their opponents on the table and into a semi final position at the half way mark in the season.

Unfortunately for the men it was a different story. After weeks of positive performances interspersed with points on the table the Bobcats came crashing down against a rampant Byron Bay Rams. It took a fortunate goal to get things underway for Byron when Macca Allen won a strong challenge 40m from goal only to see the rebound lob over keeper Alex Moffitt’s head to give Byron a fortuitous if not deserved 1-0 lead. They needed no luck with the next two goals which were first well-constructed and then a 30m strike of worthy of a goal in any league in anywhere giving them a 3-0 lead at half time. By that time star midfielder Nelson Burgess had succumbed to a hamstring injury and the Bobcats were under the pump. Two more second half goals rounded out a comfortable win for the visitors and after some positive performances in recent weeks this reality check means the Bobcats will need to dig deep at training to get that forward momentum back. In a beaten side Adam Penfold was the most impressive and was awarded the McMahon Electrical Man of the Match.

This weekend they teams are all over the place again with the Mens Premier League travelling to Lennox Head on Friday night, Ladies Premier League to Goonellabah on Sunday whilst the Mens Championship team will host the Nimbin Headers on Sunday at home in Maclean.