Hornets stung by Andrews

By Mark Robinson sport@northernstar.com.au CAN Goonellabah make the semi-finals without Ben Andrews?

The Football FNC 2006 Player of the Year shattered his right fore-arm in a sickening, season-ending collision with Richmond Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Marshall in the Hornets' last start, and will be sorely missed in their home clash with an ambitious and in-form Bangalow tonight from 8pm.

With Goonellabah clinging to fifth on goal difference and the Bluedogs nipping at their heels three points behind, the loss of the best league's player could not have come at a worse time.

Andrews leads the Golden Boot tally and the Player of the Year points and, with only four games remaining before the semis, could still win both despite playing only 11 of the 18 rounds.

Averaging more than a goal per game, Andrews is also a creative ball-player, making him the focal point of the Hornets' attack.

Andrews is just one of six players that Goonellabah coach Brendan Logan has lost for the season during the past month.

"Obviously Ben is an enormous loss and now Peter O'Neil is the only regular first-grader left from last year, so we'll be forced to field the youngest, most inexperienced side we have all season," Logan said. "But yes, of course we can still make the semis."



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