Hornets keep the goals flowing
GOONELLABAH took a stranglehold on the Football FNC premier division soccer minor premiership by thumping relegation favourites Bangalow 6-0 on the Bluedogs’ home turf at the weekend.
With only two games to go, the Hornets remain six points clear of their only threat, Richmond Rovers, and have a virtually unassailable advantage on goal difference.
The league’s top scorer Dave Annetts wrapped up the Golden Boot award with the opening goal against Bangalow, before the Hornets cut loose with five goals in the second half.
Midfielder Kale Hopper impressed with a hat-trick, while Rhys Osborn and captain Matt Dorigo also found the net.
The Hornets’ cause was helped by Bangalow self-destructing in the second half, with Paul Hannigan and Aryan Fereisch both sent off, leaving the Bluedogs short for what could be their last chance to avoid relegation against Italo Stars in the final round.
In the other game, Richmond Rovers secured the home advantage for the major semi against Pottsville, cementing second place with a 2-1 home win over Byron Bay.
Young striker Jonathan See starred for Rovers, using his blistering pace to run around his marker and set up the opening goal for Jacob Heffernan after just 10 minutes.
Byron Bay hit back with a well-taken goal from Batok Thonkol to level by half time, but within a minute of the restart See again ran around his marker and beat Rams goalkeeper Kai Connell at the near post for the winning goal.
One catch-up game will be played tonight, with Goonellabah set to crack the champagne when they host Workers at 8pm.
A draw or win for the Hornets would seal the minor premiership for the first time since 2005.
After a four-year absence, Casino is set for a return to the premier league next season after wrapping up the first division minor premiership on Saturday.