Easts stun Redbacks

Complete commitment: Coraki speedster Mitchell Dunstan throws himself at the ball while United defender Shane Johnston tries to smash it on Saturday evening at Hepburn Park.

East Lismores regular goal keeper, Nathan Hughes, showed his all round ability on Saturday in Murwillumbah, casting aside his pads and nailing a goal for Easts as the Lismore team tore the Redbacks apart 4-nil. Matt Rodda, Dave Willis and Simon Mackney also found the back of the net for the men in gold and blue.

The win is an amazing turnaround for both teams, with Easts finding form after struggling last weekend and the Redbacks coming unstuck after cruising through the competition.

Coraki also returned to form with a vengeance, dominating United Vipers 3-nil in their match on Hepburn Park. The return of Ben Moss and Michael Grande for the men in dark blue made all the difference as the riversiders put in their usual physically intimidating effort. Josh Molyneux (2) and youngster Nick Bodley scored for Coraki, taking full advantage of a number of goal mouth scrambles.

In the other match Ballina and Kingscliff played out a fast and entertaining 1-all draw. Although Ballina played more constructively, Kingscliff showed their hard won maturity to hold off the seasiders.

In the last game of the round, top-of-the-comp Labrador were too good for Alstonville, winning 4-nil on the Gold Coast. Northern Star had the bye.

This Saturday at Hepburn Park Northern Star play Waratahs at 4.20pm, Coraki play the Redbacks at 5.45pm and on Sunday Alstonville play Burleigh at 2.15pm. Meanwhile, Easts continue their travelling rounds, playing Kingscliff in Murwillumbah.


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