Rampant Coraki shows no mercy over Ballina
IT RAINED goals in A-grade men’s hockey on Saturday with 18 scored in the two local games in the Premier League.
Coraki showed no mercy in a 9-2 win over Ballina and Northern Star overcame a determined East Lismore 5-2.
Coraki wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a goal to Ethan White from a well-worked penalty corner, a penalty stroke to Matt Scurr, then a second goal to White from the field.
When Dave Brown finished off a move Coraki led 4-0 after just 12 minutes and Alex Powell added a fifth at the 17-minute mark.
Ballina’s defence was in tatters but they hit back with a great run from Scott Hamilton, who laid off to Cronin for a simple tap-in.
Hamilton scored another after some structured lead-up play to make it 5-2 at half-time.
Ballina came out a different side in the second half and put some pressure on early.
But against the run of play 15 minutes in Powell scored Coraki’s sixth goal.
Scurr completed the rout with three more goals before full-time.
In the other game, Star started well against Easts when Matt Frost volleyed a shot past goal- keeper Kelso.
The rest of the first half was quite even until a minute before the break when Mitch Harley scored off a brilliant Isaac Layton move to level the scores.
Mat Harmon finished off some good work by Harry Smith to put Star up 2-1 early in the second.
Soon after Boothroyd got a touch from a Vantaggiato pass to make it 3-1 to the defending premiers.
Layton pegged one back almost immediately when he converted a penalty corner with a solid flick shot.
But Harmon scored his second with a penalty corner conversion and Ryan McGuiness made it five for Star in the closing stages to cap off a good game.