Determined Star bang in six
NORTHERN Star had a point to prove in Far North Coast A-grade men’s hockey on Saturday and produced a top-class second half to beat Alstonville 6-0 at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah.
In the other game, East Lismore defeated Ballina 4-1.
Alstonville looked as competitive as any side in the first 20 minutes and Star were having to work hard to keep them out.
But two converted penalty corners within two minutes to Mitch Carter seemed to break Alstonville and they did not really recover.
The penalty corners were the only two of the half and it’s a good sign for Star that they converted both.
The second half was quite even until the 15th minute when Ash Waring scored.
After that it was one-way traffic with Carter’s third goal and others to Chris McGuiness and James Harmon.
The game was played predominately in the midfield with only six penalty corners for the game – five of them to Star.
The second game looked like being a one-sided affair when Daniel Hughes opened Easts’ account in the first minute then converted a penalty corner in the fifth minute.
But Ballina regained composure, shutting down Easts for the rest of the half and opening their own account with a goal to former Easts junior Sam Davis six minutes before half-time.
East Lismore applied plenty of pressure in the second half with outstanding efforts from the Dawson brothers.
Isaac Dawson worried the Ballina defence from the right side as striker and Mitchell Dawson cover-defended well and turned Ballina back from left half.
Daniel Hughes notched his hat-trick at the 15th minute of the second half and Brad Hughes used a lawn bowls draw shot to get the fourth and final goal.
Ballina had their chances but were awarded only two penalty corners for the match to Easts’ five.
Fifteen-year-old Toby Cronin did well for Ballina, as did Garrett in defence and the ever young Tony Porter.
Sam Davis, in his second game back after a long break from injury, could be the ace Ballina needs to make the semi-finals.