LEARNING CURVE: Young Lismore Workers goalkeeper Mark McPhail had some moments of brilliance despite his team losing 4-1 to undefeated leaders Byron Bay in Far North Coast premier league soccer on Sunday.
LEARNING CURVE: Young Lismore Workers goalkeeper Mark McPhail had some moments of brilliance despite his team losing 4-1 to undefeated leaders Byron Bay in Far North Coast premier league soccer on Sunday. STEVE MACKNEY

Hornets make Rovers work hard for soccer win

RICHMOND Rovers were forced to work hard to subdue Goonellabah with a 1-0 away win in Far North Coast premier league soccer on Tuesday night.

The only goal in a tight encounter came midway through the first half, when Jake Heffernan capitalised on a goal-mouth scramble to score his fifth goal in as many games.

The Hornets fought back strongly after the break. Rovers, playing their third game in a week, became a little leg weary but held on for a valuable win.

The result lifts Rovers to within three competition points of undefeated league leader Byron Bay, setting up a classic encounter when the two square off on Sunday in a rematch of the grand final last year.

Goonellabah will now have to quickly regroup for its home clash with Lismore Thistles tomorrow night, which they must win or risk losing touch with the top five.



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