A hard earned win for Labrador

Stars Thomas Vantaggiato skins his opposite number to force the free at the edge of Labradors circle. Earlier Thomas drove in a magical goal; a backhand volleyed line drive from 10 metres to leave Labradors keeper clutching at thin air.

The all-conquering Labrador made their way to Lismore on Saturday in the hope of an easy match with Northern Star, but as it turned out they were lucky to hold out as the plucky Lismore lads fought hard all the way. In the end Labrador kept their premiership dreams alive with a 5-4 win. Young Star keeper Aaron Head was at his brilliant best during the encounter, turning aside one flashy shot after another. Stars tight and in-your-face defence created plenty of friction and this did a lot to blunt the usually free flowing Labrador attack.

Labrador Brad Puleosi continued his season at the top of the golden stick rankings, nailing two excellent goals, while Craig Putland, Daniel Hodgetts and Sean Scallion did enough in front of goal to seal the win. Thomas Vantaggiato scored twice for the locals with Paul Leadbeatter and Phil Hancock also finding the back of the net with well timed strikes.

In the other match at Hepburn Park Coraki snuck home ahead of a much improved Redbacks side 3-2. Trent Brown opened Corakis account after the blue machine ramped up the pressure on the Redback defence to give Coraki a 1-nil half time lead. The Redbacks came back hard in the second term and were rewarded with goals to Brendan Shoobridge and Stuart Maloney. Coraki stayed in touch when Brown converted a penalty and then Coraki captain Scott Gallagher sealed the match with a late goal.

On Sunday Burleigh were too organised for Alstonville, comfortably winning 3-1. Alstonville failed to settle initially and that set the tone for the match. Alstonville keeper Todd Seymour and workhorse Bill Beohm worked tirelessly to keep the redsoilers in it but Alstonville never fully recovered from two early goals from Travis Coates and Matthew Freeman. When Harry Bisley scored for Burleigh in the second half the match was all over bar the shouting. Jade Crieghtons scored a late consolation goal for Alstonville.

In Murwillumbah the Waratahs took the wind out of Ballinas sails with a 3-1 win over last years premiers. Troy OKeefe, Tim Willis and Adam Guest scored for Waratahs, while for Ballina Luke McCowan was the lone scorer.

In the other match at Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and East Lismore played out a 3-all draw. Jordan Wilson, Troy Taggett and Mark Sheridan scored for Kingscliff and Dave Willis, Daniel Hughes and Jake Temporali scored for Easts.

This weekend at Hepburn Park Coraki face Kingscliff at 4.20pm and Ballina play the Allstars at 7.10pm. Meanwhile, Northern Star are away to Burleigh, Alstonville travel to the Gold Coast to play Mudgee and East Lismore play the Waratahs in Murwillumbah.


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