Casino Cobras strike Rovers and earn place in premier league
CASINO will make a triumphant return to Far North Coast premier league soccer next season after taking out the first division premiership double with a penalty shoot-out win over Richmond Rovers.
The Cobras had to do it the hard way after trailing 2-0 and then having veteran striker John Wraight sent off.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, they showed enormous spirit to claw their way back with two late goals, forcing the game into extra time.
They went on to win the shoot-out 5-4.
Ashton Johnson was named player of the match for the Cobras.
The second division grand final between minor prem-iers Suffolk Park and Lismore Thistles also went to a penalty shoot-out after a 1-all draw.
Thistles emerged 3-2 winners in the shoot-out.
Blues defender Jakeb Speers was the player of the match.
The third division grand final was a five-goal thriller with Pottsville defeating minor premiers Nimbin Headers 3-2.
The Panthers' Toby Ciani was named player of the match at Barrow Lane, where the game had to be moved from Oakes Oval due to a switchboard fire that triggered a lighting failure on Friday night.
The incident occurred in the second half of the fourth division grand final between Bangalow and Woodburn.
It forced their game to be abandoned and the two sides named joint premiers.