Hockey: Torrid tussle between Coraki and East Lismore
EAST Lismore came from behind to secure a 2-all draw against Coraki in the latest round of Far North Coast men's A-grade hockey.
Easts could have been behind early except for another stellar performance from its goalkeeper.
Matt Scurr thought he was home with a high shot but Kelso was equal to the task to deny him.
The match didn't reach any heights early and it took 25 minutes for Coraki to open their account when Aaron Scurr made no mistake finishing off a Mick Enright pass.
Easts tried hard and looked to equalise but Jackson Gwynne made a fantastic save to keep them scoreless.
In the final minute of the half Tom Brown cracked a penalty corner shot which was deflected high in the net by Hayden Scurr to put Coraki 2-0 up at the break.
East Lismore's second half was much better and Isaac Layton scored a goal.
He scored a second soon after by beating Gwynne in a one-on-one race.
The match went end-to-end and both sides threatened but the draw was the result.
Elsewhere, a depleted Northern Star were lucky to get over a less depleted Ballina 1-0.
Star took the field without four regular players including Matt Frost and Matt Harmon.
Ballina were missing three players with Brett Crawford and Lew Morgan not available.
The first half was a very tame affair with nether side troubling the scorers.
Peter Ryan was superb in goal for Ballina as the mature keeper kept his side in the match.
Star had most of the attack but failed to convert many penalty corners into goals.
The second half produced a goal to Northern Star in the eighth minute when Lincoln Appleton converted a penalty corner.
That was the only goal of the match as both sides toughed out the second half.