Goonellabah stuns Byron Bay with a late winner
GOONELLABAH has thrown the minor premiership race wide open by stunning Byron Bay with a last- gasp goal to snatch a 1-0 away win in Far North Coast premier league soccer.
For the second week in a row, Hornets midfielder Kaiden Powell scored the winner, curling his 25m free kick around the Rams’ wall and into the net with the last touch of the game.
Clear chances were rare for both sides in a physical encounter, but Hornets goalkeeper Brad Robert- son had to make a couple of sharp saves late in the game before Powell’s match-winner.
“It was our best performance of the year and one of the best games I’ve seen around here for a long time,” Hornets coach Brendan Logan said.
He praised Matt Graham and Anthony Wright for their efforts in keeping the Rams scoreless for the first time this season.
Best for Byron Bay were Aaron Walker and Quinn McDonald in midfield along with defender Josh McInerney, but they now slip to third place, two points behind Goonellabah and Richmond Rovers, who have a game in hand.
The Keevers brothers starred for Lismore Workers in their 4-0 home win over Casino.
Defender Jay and striker Matt scored two goals each in a comfortable win for the Redmen, which keeps them in touch with the top five.
Three goals in the opening 19 minutes set up Alstonville for its second win of the season, downing Lennox Head 5-2 at Crawford Park.
There were two goals for Villa midfielder Josh Cowan and one each for defenders Joel Perkins, Grant Sinclair and Jacob Arthur.
Aaron Gray and captain-coach Paul Kirkland scored for the Sharks, but the loss was com- pounded by a second-half red card for Kiahn Corrigan and they remain on the foot of the ladder.
Yesterday, Lismore Thistles jumped into fourth place with a fourth straight win, a slick 5-1 home result against Italo Stars.
The Blues’ goals came from Jye Wilson, Nathan McCann, Paul Mackney, Jeremy Sullivan and Kaine Allen.
The game between Richmond Rovers and Bangalow was deferred due to the Bluedogs’ FFA Cup commitment on Saturday.