Storm v Maclean ends in draw
THE reigning premiers may have been screaming blue murder at having to play a match on two consecutive days (which they will have to do if they reach the semi-finals of the Solo Cup) but the fact is Maclean has given up their first points of the season after the Northern Storm held them to a 2-all draw at Korora on Sunday.
While clearly thrilled to have walked away with a point, the Thunder actually could’ve taken all three points on offer considering they were leading by two goals after half an hour.
Teenage striker Ryan Cole was causing a mountain of headaches for the Maclean defence and his double not only gave the Storm a good lead but also registered his ninth and tenth goals for the season – an impressive return for someone so young.
It’s always said that a two-goal lead is the hardest to defend and so it proved for the home team.
Cole would’ve completed a hat-trick if not for the face of Maclean ‘keeper Graham Courte but then the Bobcats bounced back to equalise just before half time.
Firstly Matt Bryant fortuitously mistimed a free kick that travelled under the jumping Storm wall and completely blind sighted the keeper to find the back of the net.
Then only moments before the Break the Bobcats were back on level terms when captain Kevin Crofton nodded down a cross for striker Fraser Robinson to bunt in the goal.
Chances to grab a win were few and far between in the second half though both sides will rue some gettable chances.
After a slow start to the year the Storm are now playing the structured passing game that coach Jason Breton has always been a fan of and the style is paying off.
Their clash against Coffs United at MacLean Street this Saturday could prove to be a watershed moment in the Storm’s season.