Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

KNOCKING ON DOOR; Maclean Bobcats on Verge of Top Four after Narrow Escape from Barnier Park

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

KNOCKING ON DOOR; Maclean Bobcats on Verge of Top Four after Narrow Escape from Barnier Park

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BILL NORTH

Sports editor

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

FOOTBALL: In his fourth season at the helm, Maclean Bobcats coach Giuseppe Terranova is labelling 2016 as a season of firsts.

In the space of three weeks his side defeated Northern Storm 5-1, drew 1-1 with Orara Valley and 1-1 with competition hotshots CCUFC FC Lions - all firsts for Terranova.

"We gave Northern Storm a towelling up a few weeks ago and that's the first time I've beaten them," he said. "Two weeks ago was the first time I've taken a point away from Orara and last weekend's draw with Lions was the first time I've taken anything away from them.

"For me as a coach, there's been a lot of firsts, and the other firsts would be making the top four, and possibly even a grand final."

But those hopes almost came crashing down on Saturday in the Clarence River local derby with Westlawn Tigers at Barnier Park.

An 86th minute header at the back post from veteran Matt Cheney off a free kick brought the Tigers level at 2-all and within reach of securing just their second competition point of the season.

But the Bobcats justified Terranova's belief in his team by responding straight from the restart through Jarred Doyle. Minutes later Evan Lloyd scored his second goal of the match to finally put the result to bed, 4-2.

"I thought here we go, Westlawn have done it to me again," Terranova said. "But credit to our boys, they played the full 90 minutes again."

"It was hard to put Westlawn away, they kept coming and good on them. They're doing well with what they've got. A good young side.

"The three points for is a big plus."

While still behind on goal difference, the win put Bobcats into equal fourth for the first time this season.

The Bobcats have narrowly missed the finals the past three years, but are poised to pounce into outright fourth when they host strugglers Sawtell this Saturday afternoon and have a game in hand against Urunga. …

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