Hornets buzzing after six goals

GOONELLABAH confirmed its status as the raging premiership favourite with a spectacular 6-4 away win over Byron Bay gave the Hornets a five-point buffer at the top in Football FNC premier league soccer.

Byron Bay was hoping its home advantage might give it an edge as it looked to make up for losing the Anzac Cup final to the Hornets, but they were outclassed in the second half by a slick Goonellabah, which remains the only undefeated side.

The Hornets made their attacking intentions clear from the outset with a goal in the first minute from Paul Pomroy, followed by a second goal to striker Dave Annetts on the 10-minute mark.

But Byron responded with Jordy Campbell and Tim Knight finding the net to draw level by half-time.

Within seconds of the restart Goonellabah regained the lead with a goal from dangerous flanker Mario Tinning, before the Rams again drew level thanks to a free kick, which allowed Greg McDonnell to score his first goal since joining the Bay.

Locked 3-all, the game could have turned either way, but it was Goonellabah that rose to the occasion, scoring three straight goals to wrap up the win.

Tinning, Annetts and former Ram Thiago Priori found the net as a fatigued Byron ran out of legs.

Yantra Whitling scored a late consolation goal but the result confirms the Hornets’ potential to go all the way to their first minor premiership since 2005.

“Being our third game in a week contributed to us being patchy at times in the first half, but we came good in the second and to score six goals without being at your very best is a good sign,” Hornets coach Mark Ambler said.

Dylan Rippon, Sam Ireland and Matt Dorigo stood out for the Hornets, while the Rams’ best were Whitling, Cory Montgomery and Kai Connell.

But in a big blow it may have been the last game for Campbell, with the key striker probably heading to Newcastle.

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