Goonellabah win second round but Workers take Corey New Cup

GOONELLABAH has set up an appointment with Lismore Thistles in the second round of the FFA Cup, thanks to a 2-1 home win over Lismore Workers in the opening round on Sunday.

However, a big win in their Reserve match delivered the 9th annual Corey New Cup to Lismore Workers.*

KEY MAN: Goonellabah striker Batok Ring being closely watched by Lismore Workers captain Jay Keevers in the FFA Cup/Corey New clash Sunday at Weston Park.
KEY MAN: Goonellabah striker Batok Ring being closely watched by Lismore Workers captain Jay Keevers in the FFA Cup/Corey New clash Sunday at Weston Park.

Both sides had new look line-ups and looked a little rusty in the first half, but it was Hornets striker Dave Annetts who proved to be the difference.

The 2010 Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner opened the scoring after 30 minutes when a long ball allowed Batok Ring to suck Workers defence to the near post, before crossing to an unmarked Annetts to tap the ball into an empty net

He doubled the Hornets lead with his second goal after the break, capitalising on a defensive error to chase down the ball and slip it past Workers keeper David Cragg to once again tap it into a vacant net.

Workers clawed a goal back with a classy free knick from Matt Keevers that beat the Hornets new keeper Brad Robertson, and while they mounted pressure towards the end, Goonellabah hung on for a deserved win.

They will now meet Thistles in the second round of the FFA Cup, with the winner to take on Alstonville to determine who is the top side from FFNC.

That side will then take on the top side from the Coffs Harbour association to continue the progression towards a possible clash with an A League club.

*An earlier version of this report incorrectly said Goonellabah won the Corey New Cup. Although Goonellabah won the premier division game 2-1, the awarding of the Cup was determined on aggregate goals scored in the two games - premier and premier reserve. With Workers having a big win in the reserves, they were awarded the Corey New Cup.



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