Kable secures win for workers with goal-kicking hat-trick
TWO of the FNC representatives contesting the $10,000 Northern New South Wales State Cup have progressed to the second round after first-up wins at the weekend.
Lismore Workers looked sharp in their first run of the season, racking up an impressive 4-0 win over Lennox Head on the Sharks' home turf at Skennars Head yesterday.
Workers ran into a howling gale in the first half but managed to keep the ball on the ground and have the better of possession despite the hot and difficult conditions.
With the wind at their backs for the second half, the Redmen took control, racking up four unanswered goals.
Paddy Kable took top honours with a goal-scoring hat-trick.
New striker Shaun MacDonald netted their fourth to cap a solid performance, while 'keeper Simon Cleaver also contributed with a vital save early on.
"It's only our first serious run so I'm very happy with the performance against a pretty good, young Lennox side," Workers coach Scott Collis said.
Casino also enjoyed a successful start to their campaign with a 3-1 win over Nambucca Strikers at Nambucca on Saturday.
The Cobras bounced back after conceding an early own goal, with Dean Casey and Jordan Huxley finding the Strikers net to open up a 2-1 lead at half-time.
A late goal from Kevin Butwell sealed the hard-fought win, with strong games from 'keeper Cameron Yates, defender Justin Cowan and midfielder Ash Johnson.
Ballina's inaugural Cup appearance came to an early end after they lost 3-1 to Inverell Joeys at Westlawn yesterday.
Ben Presbury scored for the Seahorses who were locked at 1-1 with the Joeys early in the second half.
But when Josh Jackson had to be taken off injured, Ballina had to play the rest of the match with only 10 men after using all three subs at half-time.