Valiant Alstonville get stung

Workers Sheree Coubough shields the ball very effectively from Ballinas Monique Zerk at Richards Park on Sunday.

Womens first division

On Friday night the Goonellabah Hornets took on Alstonville at Weston Park in cold and wet conditions, but even the rain could not dampen the spirit in which the game was played.

An under strength Alstonville outfit held off a well-drilled Goonellabah side and their short, sharp passing game was continually thwarted by the stoic defence of Alstonville, who had a bare 11 and were missing key first division players. However, their hard work was rewarded when Courtney Nelson converted from the penalty spot to give them a 1-nil lead by half time.

The equaliser for Goonellabah came in the second half with a finely executed shot from Miranda Cannon which clipped the post and flew into the net. Goonellabah then took the lead with a penalty kick from Thaya Evenden.

Goonellabah, who had the luxury of reserves, continued to dominate play throughout the second half despite a lion-hearted display from Alstonville. The Hornets stuck to their game plan and the rewards soon came with a long-range goal from Amanda Brett and a deft flick from Lucy Pearson to give the home team a 4-1 win.

Goonellabahs game against Byron Bay at Byron Bay on Sunday was cancelled due to wet weather and the closure of the Byron fields.

A rusty Rovers (who hadnt had a game in a month due to forfeits and wet weather) came away with a 2-nil win against Lismore Workers, despite Workers dominance of play. Workers attack was shut down each time by Rovers defence, which held well.

Rovers strikers Hayley McAnally and Renee McIntosh scored the winners.

The remaining match between Byron Bay and Ballina on Friday night was postponed, just as the girls were about to take the field, due to a fierce storm.


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