Coraki sneaks home late

Coraki’s Simon Brown prepares to drive the ball downfield against East Lismore at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah.
Coraki’s Simon Brown prepares to drive the ball downfield against East Lismore at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah. Marc Stapelberg

THREE late goals steered Coraki to a thrilling 5-4 win over East Lismore in their JH Williams Shield men's hockey match at the weekend.

East Lismore led 3-2 at the half-time break and extended their lead to 4-2 when Ryan Holding scored his second goal for the match early in the second term.

They appeared on track for victory, but with less than 20 minutes remaining their hopes were dashed when Coraki scored three goals in a five-minute frenzy to take the lead 5-4.

Mitch Scotcher, playing his first game of the season for Coraki, ignited the scoring frenzy when he slammed the ball into the back of the net with 19 minutes remaining on the clock.

Four minutes later Mitch Harley converted his second penalty corner of the match to level the scores.

One minute later Harley completed his hat-trick with a superb field goal.

East Lismore continued to search for the equaliser, but were unable to breach the Coraki defence.

Coraki opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes when Harley converted a penalty corner.

Just five minutes later Chris Clark slotted home a superb field goal to level the scores.

Coraki went 2-1 up when McGrath picked up a loose ball and scored with six minutes remaining in the opening term.

Easts levelled again two minutes later when Brad Hughes converted a penalty corner and when Holding converted a penalty stroke Easts led 3-2 at the break.

Harley, Scotcher, David Brown and Alex Powell were the standouts for Coraki while Holding, Brad Hughes and goalkeeper Cameron Horne impressed for East Lismore.

Meanwhile, an under-strength Star beat Kingscliff 2-0 in a sometimes fiery encounter at the weekend.

Without regulars Tom Vanataggiato, James Harmon, Matt Harmon and Matt Frost, Star struggled to counter the Kingscliff attack, but they held on in the first term to ensure a nil-all score line at the break.

Just five minutes after the resumption Star grabbed the lead when Mitch Carter swooped on a loose ball.

Sam McPherson then put Star ahead 2-0 when he picked up a top pass and beat three defenders to score.

With Jordan Wilson and Harvey Pritchard prominent, Kingscliff launched numerous attacking raids but they went unrewarded with Star hanging on for the win.

In the other match, Waratahs scored two late goals to beat Ballina 5-3.

Mark Anderson and Josh Garrett were among Ballina's best while Willis, Irby and Newell led the way for Waratahs.

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