Teamwork delivers hat-trick to Workers FC striker
THREE goals from Lismore Workers striker Serena Mangan proved the difference against rival Alstonville in the 2014 Far North Coast Ladies Premier Division round.
Workers started confidently with the pace of Mangan and winger Madi Fiedler asking questions of the Alstonville defence.
Coach Luke McWaide was full of praise for his team after the 3-0 win.
"They all played well and it was a fantastic team performance," he said.
"We passed the ball around well and it was great to bounce back after the loss last week and secure the win against another quality side."
Workers broke the deadlock on the half hour mark and again it was the speed of Fiedler.
The busy winger dispossessed an Alstonville defender and raced away before providing an intelligent cut back for Serena Mangan to shoot home powerfully.
It appeared as if the scores would remain unchanged leading into half-time but Workers doubled their lead when defender Kirra Powell unleashed an amazing long-range shot from near the halfway line.
The wonder strike surprised the Villa keeper, hitting the crossbar and falling straight to Mangan to tap in and make the score 2-0.
Workers added a third midway through the half when Serena Mangan got on the end of some terrific lead-up play from Elke Jansen to drive home her hat-trick goal and secure the win for her side.
Villa coach Rob Sheehan was philosophical about the loss. "We have been hammered by injuries so I was pleased with the girls' effort."
In the other weekend game, Bangalow continued their impressive form with a 5-1 away win over Lismore Thistles after leading 3-0 at half-time.
Thistles looked to try and nullify the dangerous Bangalow attack and then to counter attack using the pace of winger Mahalia Bon.
Leading striker Jade Bianchetti scored two more goals for Bangalow to add to one each from Rose Argent and 15-year-old Lucy Herchenroder, the talented junior scoring her first in the top grade.
Coach Paul Hanigan nominated Hollie Jarrett as Bangalow's best, closely followed by Bianchetti and Molly Parker.
Best for Thistles was winger Bon and goalkeeper Laura Wallwork who made some great saves.
Lennox Head had the bye.