Cobras bare fangs to come from behind 5-4
CASINO Cobras have earned a semi-final berth in Football FNC's Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup for the first time in 24 years in stirring fashion.
The Cobras fought back in storming fashion to secure a dramatic 5-4 win over Alstonville in yesterday's action.
Villa led 3-1 at the break after goals from Rick Hanna, Troy Cook and Danny Chatterton, with the Cobras' solitary goal coming from the head of sweeper Stewart Coughran following a free kick.
"We went into a huddle at half-time and talked about what had to be done and the opportunity we had," Cobras' coach Jason Lines said.
"The boys really knuckled down in the second half."
Full credit to Casino for grinding out a gritty win
- Alstonville FC coach Troy Taylor
The result was four goals - two from captain Dean Casey, one from his strike partner Dylan Clarke and another from winger Tom Rose.
A penalty from Cook in the dying moments couldn't save Villa from falling to Casino for the second time this year.
"We had four key players missing, but that's no excuse," Alstonville FC coach Troy Taylor said.
"Full credit to Casino for grinding out a gritty win."
Lismore Workers midfielder Kurt Walker produced a stunning second-half performance in his team's away clash with Goonellabah, scoring all four goals in the Cup holders' 4-2 win. A spirited Goonellabah led 1-0 at the break, but Walker's ability to push forward - with striker Wayne Mortimer - and find space tore the Hornets defence to shreds.
Wide defenders Jamie Hill and Max Harlan also had strong games, but coach Scott Creighton was not entirely happy.
"We were a bit complacent and several players were below their best," he said.
Lismore Thistles have given themselves a good chance of reaching the semis, with a comprehensive 7-0 home win over Italo Stars.
Matt Armstrong led the rout with a hat-trick, while Toby Barton chipped in with two.
Bangalow has recorded its first-ever win over Richmond Rovers at Premier level, downing the minor premiers 3-1.
Rovers began well with an early goal from Jonathan See, but a patient Bluedogs stuck to their game plan and drew level by half-time, thanks to a deflection from Batok Ring.
Bangalow dominated the second half, with Taha Bellazziz and Ring adding further goals to keep their hopes of reaching the Cup semis alive.