WEEKEND THAT WAS: Carlton Bears travelled to International Club on Saturday where they took on Stanthorpe United across juniors and five competitive grades.
WEEKEND THAT WAS: Carlton Bears travelled to International Club on Saturday where they took on Stanthorpe United across juniors and five competitive grades. Contributed

City cement title challenge

FOOTBALL: Stanthorpe City men put in a silky and devastating performance on Saturday to cement them as title favourites.

They continued their winning form at CF White Oval, too hot to handle for opponents Inter.

The tie started frantically, with City controlling most of the early stanza. It wasn't long before they hit the lead - and from there the flood gates opened.

Half an hour in and City were up five-nil. It was purely damage control for the visitors in the second half. Inter performed stoically in the second 45, containing the second half score line to nil-all.

In one of Saturday's other men's fixtures, Ballandean visited Federation Park in Tenterfield where they faced off with a 10 men Thunder side. The Reds coasted to the half-time break with a three-nil advantage. Tenterfield's defence and goalkeeper, Matt Savins, performed well in the second half to limit the visitors to just the one second half goal.

United welcomed Carlton to International Club, with the Bears' men's side keen to get some consistency.

The game started fairly evenly, as Carlton had the best of the opening chances. An injury to Michael Torrisi was a big blow for the visitors, with United able to take control of the game a little more.

Once the first goal hit the net for United, it was their game from there. Carlton still had their chances but United proved too good with the ball, navigating it around the park and controlling much of the game.

Another goal and then another goal came for the home side, as they picked up a three-nil win and some important points ahead of the competition bye this coming weekend.

Only one Fillies game was contested on Saturday, with Carlton comfortable in a five-nil win over United.

City continued their hot streak in Junior Colts with an impressive 7-1 win over Inter. Tyler Bougoure netted another hat-trick in a stand out performance.

Ballandean and Tenterfield played out a close encounter, with Tenterfield over coming a 3-1 deficit at half time to win 5-4. In the other game United got the better of Carlton in a 3-1 win.

Ballandean were much more comfortable in their Senior Colts win while City bested Inter in a four-nil win. United just edged out Carlton 2-1, despite a late fightback from the visitors.

City Ladies continue to impress, the latest strng performance coming in a three-nil win over Inter.

Nil-all at the break, City came out determined in the second half and scored three quick goals through Bek Stibbard, ally Gilbert and Katy Lee. Tenterfield had their hands full against Ballandean, crashing to a five-nil loss.

United picked up another win, but were made to work hard for it. Carlton's defence were resolute. A double to United striker Abbie McPaul and a red card to Carlton's goal keeper were defining moments.

Despite having chances, the Bears couldn't overturn the deficit.

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