Local teams shine in soccer cup
THREE local soccer sides have progressed to the second round of the $10,000 Northern NSW State Cup after wins in the opening round at the weekend.
Lismore Workers had to come from behind in their home clash with Maclean on Saturday, eventually over-powering the Bobcats 3-1.
The Redmen dominated a goal-less first half before conceding a penalty early in the second against the run of play to go behind.
But within minutes they responded with Zac Innes hitting a low drive from the edge of the box to equalise.
The Redmen began to mount waves of attacking raids and took the lead when some good lead-up play from Wayne Mortimer set up Max Harlan for their second goal.
Mortimer scored the third goal himself with a clinical finish, wrapping up an impressive display.
Midfielders Clint Willoughby and Martin Kelleher had strong games, along with Innes, who played an important role in attack in the first half and then in defence in the second.
An energetic Casino surprised the young Alstonville line-up in the second game of the double-header, also winning 3-1.
The Cobras led 1-0 after Todd Kenny scored from a corner and went on with the job after the break, with further goals from Dillon Clark and Dean Casey.
Villa scored a late consolation goal from Joel Perkins, but coach Troy Taylor was forced to concede: "We were caught out by Casino's enthusiasm."
Veteran sweeper Stewart Coughran organised the Cobras' defence well, goalkeeper Bryce Walley made some vital saves and midfielders Joey Ervin and Todd Kenny also stood out.
Three sides travelled yesterday, with Lennox Head downing Port Macquarie 2-1 at Woolgoolga.
Goals from new signing Sam Ireland and midfielder Shaun Gillespie ensured the Sharks' passage through to the second round.
Lismore Thistles and Goonellabah both lost at Coffs Harbour, the Blues going down 2-0 to Urunga Rangers and the Hornets 4-0 to Coffs City United.
STATE CUP FIRST ROUND
- Lismore Workers 3 d Maclean 1
- Casino 3 d Alstonville 1
- Lennox Head 2 d Port Macquarie 1
- Urunga Rangers 2 d Lismore Thistles 1
- Coffs City United 4 d Goonellabah 0