In dismal conditions on Sunday at Rec 12, the Goonellabah Hornets came undone 2-1 against Workers in the major preliminary semi final of the Football Far North Coast competition.
Goonellabah started the stronger when Thaya Evenden netted a freakish free-kick within the first five minutes.
Despite some determined attacking raids by both teams the score remained 1-nil at half time. After the break Goonellabah came out with confidence, holding the skillful Workers unit at bay until Workers centre midfielder Kim Wraight equalised with 25 minutes to go.
Then Goonellabah seemed to lose cohesion, and Workers were quick to pounce. With just 15 minutes left on the clock, Renee Cowan sealed the win for Workers.
The win puts Workers through to the preliminary final against Rovers and the Hornets will play a sudden-death semi against Byron Bay.
Byron Bay eliminated Alstonville in the minor semi final 4-nil. Byron dominated play and Byrons centre midfielder Chloe Dunsmore opened up scoring with a low drive that slipped past the keeper. Byrons striker Rose Argent scored two further goals and Tanika Hand scored off a beautiful penalty kick in the far right hand corner of the posts.
Alstonville played a spirited game with goalkeeper Lisa Parkin and midfielders Katie Hanna and Elise Brown being best on the day.
Champion of champions
Rovers midfielder Martene Edwards won the double again this year, taking out the womens first division Golden Boot and Player of the Year.
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