Rovers busy this week

RICHMOND Rovers and Goonellabah will have their semi-final hopes on the line when the Hornets host their East Lismore rivals at Weston Park tonight from 7pm in the third and final round of pool games in Soccer FNC's Anzac Cup.

Both sides have a win and a loss from their two games so far, leaving the winner in with a good chance of progressing to the semis.

Rovers will be without midfielders Joel Saye and Arron Smee, but coach Craig Hamshaw is quietly confident the reigning minor premiers can slip into the cup semi-finals.

Hamshaw, who watched Goonellabah's last game against Ballina, believes the key is containing strikers Matthew Olley and Peter O'Neill.

Premiers Cup

RICHMOND Rovers will carry the hopes of Soccer FNC this weekend when they travel to Coffs Harbour to compete in the Northern Premiers Cup.

The annual tournament carries $2000 in prizemoney and pits together the minor premiers from the preceding year in the four northern regions of the Northern NSW Soccer Federation.

All matches are played at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium, with Rovers facing North Companions from North West on Saturday from 3pm.

A win will see them into the final on Sunday against either Coffs Coast Tigers from Holiday Coast or Port Panthers from Oxley.

Rovers will be attempting to bring the trophy to the Far North Coast for the first time, but have a goalkeeping problem, with Andrew Marshall and reserve keeper Anthony Wells both unavailable.

Stand-in keeper Scott Coster will fill the gap and rely on his defence to shield him from too much pressure.

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