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9 September, 2020

Near clean sweep for Mareeba United

THE Mareeba United Football Club played host to the Innisfail Cutters on Saturday night and were unlucky not to come away with a clean sweep across all divisions.

By Phil Brandel

On Friday night the men’s second division totally controlled the match against Edge Hill to win 4-0, and the Mareeba colts played out a 2-2 draw with South FC.

In Saturdays matches the Premier Ladies won 3-0 while the reserves won 4-2 in a very entertaining match.

Under the watchful eye of Coach Luciano Avolio the Mareeba Youth were determined to keep in touch with the ladder leaders and notched up a 3-0 win with Cummings, Burcombe and Sapkota the stand outs.

The Men’s premier reserves produced the goods in a nail biter with the Bulls getting the better of the Cutters with a hard fought 3-2 win to keep them at the top end of the ladder.

Coach Dennis Allen said, “We stepped up the tempo this week at training, we lost to Innisfail in the last round and we weren’t going to lose at home, the boys put in a great effort.”

The Premier Bulls had also lost to the Cutters in the previous round and were looking to make amends.

Innisfail Coach, former Dimbulah farmer Hayden Darveniza said, “We were hoping to come here and get three points, but the Bulls are a different prospect playing at home, were happy to get one\ point but it’s not what we came for,” he said.

“We were missing a player tonight and our shape was out a bit tonight and they played with spirit but we will take the point.”

On the other hand Bulls Coach Ang Tatti was disappointed by the result.

“I thought we did enough to win the game we had some decisions go against us especially that blatant hand ball towards the end,” he said.

“We had lots of other opportunities which we didn’t put away, again we were lacking in front of goal, but a point is a point and it keeps us in the top four.

“It was a much different game to the previous round when the Cutters completely dominated us, but after a few games under our belts the boys are starting to hit their straps, It’s a good sign.”

This weekend the Bulls travel to Leichardt for the fourth verses second clash and are hoping their recent run of form will continue.

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