Water Polo: Max stars with two late goals in 6-all draw

MAX Dostine showed cunning and guile to force a 6-all draw with two goals in the last minute of the Far North Coast water polo top-of-the-table clash between Alstonville teams Barry's and Mantis.

Barry's had opened a two-goal lead in the first quarter and maintained the advantage at each break and all the way through to the final minute.

This was despite a relentless barrage of shots from Mantis that either found the woodwork - or the goalkeeper's face.

Either way they just could not find the back of the net.

Entering the final minute, Dostine took it upon himself to save the day, scoring across the goalmouth and the keeper into the opposite top corner to get Mantis within one.

Then, while Barry should have been winding down the clock in the last 20 seconds, he dispossessed his man and streaked down the sideline to face off against Barry custodian James Nunn.

With only a few seconds on the clock, he skilfully guided the ball under the arm of the 'keeper at the near post as the siren sounded.

Le-Ba continue their good form with a 5-3 victory in a tight battle against the Byron Bull Sharks.

It proved that years of experience and a little Paul Morgan power could overcome numbers and youthful exuberance.

The Crocs and Mullum were strengthened by returning players but the combination of Liam Hair and Tom Flemming for Crocs proved too much for Mullum and they were valiant in an 11 -7 defeat.

Lennox Head gave the Bin Chooks their first win by handing them a forfeit.



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