The Maclean Bobcats Men’s Premier League and Championship teams had their first trial against Football Far North Coast heavyweights Lismore Thistles on the weekend and with a resounding 3-1 win for the Championship team and a 1-1 draw in the Premier League… there are early positive signs for the Maclean club.
Fielding a youthful looking Premier League line up with a number of players fresh off the Bobcat production line, it was a sneak peek to the future.
The Bobcats conceded an early goal and were trailing 1-0 but live wire Jarret Power–Cassen was making his presence felt with his speed and skill but was ultimately denied on two separate occasions soon after by desperate Thistles defending. Both keepers were kept busy in an end-to-end affair, but it wasn’t until 25 minutes to go that Fraser Marsh equalised for the Bobcats with a clinical header. Both teams pushed for a winner as the game wore on, but a 1-1 result was confirmed at the full-time whistle and that was a true reflection of an evenly contested match.
The Championship game was the most positive thing to come from the day with the Bobcats running out to a 3-0 lead with goals to Lachlan Skelton, Izacc Fischer and classy new signing Ben Marguery, before Thistles scored a late consolation goal. The Bobcats have struggled in the Championship for the past two years and the performance was a sign they should be much more competitive this year.
Returning coach Dennis Mavridis was thrilled with the first hit out saying, “Our Championship side had fantastic energy for the entire game and with a number of new faces and some familiar faces coming back it augurs well for the club in 2022”.