Hornets take premiership

GOONELLABAH are minor premiers of Football FNC premier league soccer after a methodical 4-0 home win over Lismore Workers on Monday night.

In winning their first title since 2005, the Hornets ended three years of dominance from reigning premiers Richmond Rovers, which had been hoping for a record fourth straight premiership double.

Goals from Mario Tinning, Rhys Osborn, Matt Dorigo and Daniel Morrow delivered another well-constructed win for the Hornets, ending Workers’ semi-final hopes in the process.

After taking both the Anzac Cup and minor premiership from Rovers, Goonellabah will now turn its attention to making a clean sweep of all three titles by winning the grand final.

Tonight, a desperate Italo Stars will be looking to eliminate the threat of relegation by taking at least a draw out of their away clash with Byron Bay.

Stars are just two points clear of last-placed Bangalow, which they meet in next week’s final round, but with a far superior goal difference the pressure will be off if they can go into the game with at least a three-point buffer.

Stars produced a solid performance in their scoreless draw with Ballina on Saturday while the Rams also put up a creditable showing despite going down to Rovers 2-1.

Mathematically Byron can still scrape into the semis if they beat Stars tonight and then overcome the in form Pottsville on Saturday but it would also require several other results going their way.

The match starts at 8pm.



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