Brus Ruthuen in action.
Brus Ruthuen in action.

Central coach proud of draw

CENTRAL left it to the dying minutes to snatch a 1-all draw with Rockhampton Bluebirds courtesy to a goal by Mitch Innocend.

The first game of the CQ Premier League season was played on Central's home turf at Sun Valley Oval on Saturday night.

Coach Dave Longden said Central was off to a slow start in the first half.

"We had a lot of opportunities but didn't put them away.

"We couldn't seem to put the ball in the back of the net.

"The keeper pulled off a couple good saves for Bluebirds."

The opposition scored in the 80th minute. "It's a credit to my guys - they never gave up."

Innocend scored in injury time, the ball deflecting off the wall.

"He played really well on the left."

Longden acknowledged Aaron Buckley for a great performance on the right and sweeper David Slack, who "kept the back in line".

"He limited Bluebirds to only a few scoring opportunities."

Longden gave credit where it was due, praising the opposition's strong midfield.

"They were very strong in the first half. I was disappointed we weren't up at halfway."

Still, Longden said he was proud of his boys. "I was very happy they didn't drop their heads, that they kept fighting."

Central are premiers and, while Longden would love to win the title, he'd be happy to make the semi-finals.



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