AT RIGHT: Glee player Sophie McDonogh in action. Glee beat Ballina 3-1 at the weekend.
AT RIGHT: Glee player Sophie McDonogh in action. Glee beat Ballina 3-1 at the weekend. The Northern Star

Hard-won Victory for Coraki as Glee beats Ballina

CORAKI had its first win of the season in Far North A-grade women's hockey at the weekend.

They had a hard-fought 1-0 win over East Lismore while Glee beat Ballina 3-1 in the earlier game.

The young Coraki team opened the scoring against Easts just before halftime when Taquira McGrath ran the ball down the right side and Naomi Kapeen picked up the pass putting the ball into the net.

Britney Gwynne was outstanding in goal for Coraki, repelling many of East's shots.

In the second half, Coraki were instrumental in making many constructive runs and put East Lismore under pressure on a number of occasions.

Claire Davis starred on one occasion when she made consecutive saves to keep her team in the match and later on Jane Parrish saved on the line.

Jennah Hughes, Ellie Brown and Karlea Healy had strong games in attack for East Lismore.

For Coraki the Clark sisters, Tiana and Nikki, Alice Bradford and Carly Fuller showed skill and pace when in control of the ball.

Earlier, Glee opened their account with a great team goal involving Renee Dunstan linking with Sophie McDonogh finishing into the net by Nicole Hetherington.

Glee scored again in the 23rd minute with a penalty corner conversion by Hetherington.

In the second half, Hetherington was again involved in Glee's third goal, making an evasive run to set up her sister Ash Danvers whose reverse stick shot scored.

Ballina scored in the dying seconds of the match with Billie King Venn netting a deflection.

Macey Anderson played a strong game in defence for Ballina while keeper Lilly Cronin made a number of vital saves for her team.



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