Ballina the draw specialists

BALLINA has enhanced its reputation as the draw specialists of Football FNC premier league soccer after a 1-all home draw against Workers in their second-round Anzac Cup clash.

The Seahorses drew a remarkable 11 of their 18 premiership games last year and opened their new season with a 1-all draw against Byron Bay last week, before yet another tied result yesterday.

Despite fielding a depleted line-up, the seasiders managed to create several promising chances during the first half, but it was Workers who led at the break, after some good lead-up play from Zac Crowly and Kurt Brewer Charles set up Jason Wilson for a headed goal.

Ballina equalised in the second half thanks to busy midfielder Tyson Price, but untaken chances cost them.

Their best were central defender Dane Seymour and Price, while for the Redmen, the consistent Anthony Alvos again stood out.

Pottsville marked its return to the premier ranks with a solid 1-all draw with Byron Bay.

Playing on a wet home pitch, a fit-looking Panthers outfit played a physical game that troubled the Rams at times and could have taken a first-half lead, if not for a penalty save from Byron Bay goalkeeper Kai Connell.

Nolan Pierce scored for the Rams and Josh Boag for Pottsville. New Irish signing Greg McDonnell made a good start in central defence for Byron Bay while Sam Robson showed plenty of promise on the flank.

The Thistles v Goonellabah clash set down for yesterday has been added to the growing list of catch-up games.

Alstonville and Richmond Rovers will meet at Crawford Park tonight at 8pm.

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