Northern Star's Matt Harmon.
Northern Star's Matt Harmon.

Coraki has work to do after Star's win in semi

CORAKI went down 3-0 to Northern Star in a spiteful contest on Saturday to advance to the Far North Coast A-grade men's hockey grand final.

East Lismore ended Ballina's season with a 4-1 win in the minor semi.

Star was the better team against Coraki but the game wasn't a great spectacle.

Play was intense and there was plenty of push and shove, resulting in a number of cards and players having to take an enforced rest.

Mitch Carter opened the scoring with a field goal on the end of some nice passing between several Star forwards.

Four minutes later Matt Harmon doubled the lead with a field goal, then Brad Hughes converted a penalty corner to make it 3-0 at half-time.

The scorer wasn't troubled again. Both sides had their chances in the second half but were seemingly focused on the physical aspect more than skill.

In the minor semi-final, Ballina earned the first penalty corner but an excellent shot at goal was saved.

Within a minute East Lismore cleared the ball up-field.

Reece Amos accelerated into the circle and rattled the backboard to open the scoring.

Jacob Franey, subbed on, scored Easts' second with his first entry into the circle.

Goalkeeper Luke Kelso was on fire, making many fine saves, especially against penalty corners, to keep Ballina scoreless in the first half.

After the break Matt Currie made a spectacular save on the line.

He diverted a high ball over the backline with a baseball-like hit to deny Ballina what looked to be a certain goal.

Cooper Stahl added a field goal to make it 3-0.

Midway through the second half the game came to life.

Ballina's Cory Watson converted a penalty corner then straight from the hit-off Easts' Reece Amos scored his second field goal to make it 4-1.



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