Strong showing by Northern Rivers teams in shield opener

SHARKS ATTACKED: Coraki’s David Brown (right) weaves his way past a Sharks defender during their JH Williams Shield match at the Lismore turf on Saturday.
SHARKS ATTACKED: Coraki’s David Brown (right) weaves his way past a Sharks defender during their JH Williams Shield match at the Lismore turf on Saturday. Marie Cook

FNC sides outperformed their highly favoured Tweed counterparts in the opening round of the JH Williams Shield at the weekend.

Coraki produced a convincing performance to defeat Sharks 6-1 while Northern Star just got over Comets 2-1.

Ballina came from behind to snatch a 4-4 draw against Waratahs before Kingscliff claimed one for the northerners, downing East Lismore 3-1

In Ballina, the hosts enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening exchanges but still found themselves trailing 3-1 at half-time.

Waratahs extended their lead to 4-1 early in the second stanza before the seasiders launched their comeback.

After tightening things up in defence, the home side scored three un-answered goals to hit back in style.

Fryer, Hamilton and Smith all got on the score-sheet to ensure Ballina grabbed a share of the points.

In the match at Lismore, Coraki were at their best to easily account for Sharks.

After a tight opening, Coraki claimed the lead with a well-struck Peter Duncan effort.

Down 1-0 Sharks were unable to respond and Coraki cruised to a comprehensive victory.

Comets scored in the first 10 minutes in their clash against Star and looked solid early.

They kept Star scoreless up until the final five minutes of the first half when Thomas Vantaggiato scored with a drag flick conversion of a penalty corner.

In the second term Comets seemed to switch off in attack and when Peter Forshaw found the back of the net with 15 minutes remaining Star was home 2-1.

East Lismore showed some impressive passive skills and movement in its match against Kingscliff but could not find the back of the net.

Kingscliff took all their opportunities and scored three goals to open up a handy advantage before East scored a consolation goal late.

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