Final battle for Anzac Cup showdown



Soccer Far North Coast Anzac Cup finalists will be determined in tonight's semi-finals, with Ballina hosting Bangalow at Saunders Oval from 8pm and Goon-ellabah travelling to Lismore Workers' home ground, Richards Oval, for their 8pm showdown.

Ballina and Bangalow are the only sides to go through their pool games undefeated and with both expected to be at full strength, it's a classic encounter between experience and ambition.

The Seasiders went all the way to last year's final only to lose to Byron Bay and will be hungry for a second chance, while the Bluedogs are contesting a cup semi for the first time.

But Ballina coach Dean Klower shrugged off any suggestion Bangalow were underdogs.

"I don't think we're favourites, Bangalow were in the toughest pool group and won all three games, so we rate them highly and expect a real battle," Klower said.

Likewise, major premiers Lismore Workers' experienced side will be tested by newly-promoted Goonellabah, who defeated minor premiers Rovers 3-1 to steal a place in the semis.

The Redmen have specialist marker Liam MacPherson suspended and without regular defenders Jeremy Wraight and Shane Banks, could be forced to move midfielder Damien Keevers into the sweeping role.

With Goonellabah fielding three quality strikers in Matthew Olley, Ben Andrews and Peter O'Neill, the Hornets are in an ideal position to capitalise on Workers woes.



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