Rovers’ Cup hopes alive after home win
A TENSE 2-1 home win over Bangalow has allowed Richmond Rovers to sneak into the semi finals of Football FNC's Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup.
A combination of the hard-fought victory - and Alstonville's surprise loss to Ballina - has seen Rovers keep their hopes of silverware alive.
Goals from Andrew Casagrande and Russell Dent gave Rovers the edge over the Bluedogs, which finished stronger after pulling a goal back with a penalty from Joel Rudgley.
The Bluedogs battled hard but couldn't find an equaliser.
After the hard fought win on Friday night, Rovers had an anxious wait until Sunday when Villa had the chance to take their place in the semis with an away win over Ballina.
But the Seahorses had other ideas against their local rivals, with goals from classy flanker Mick Key and experienced midfielder Dave Betterridge giving them a 2-0 half time lead.
Villa hit back with a goal from Phil Francis, but the newly promoted seasiders hung on for a morale boosting win, ending Villa's semi hopes in the process.
Rovers will now meet Byron Bay in one semi next week, with reigning Cup holders Lismore Thistles expected to take on Lismore Workers in the other.
Thistles sealed their berth with an emphatic 5-1 home win over Lennox Head, while Workers were expecting to have claimed victory in its final pool match game against Tintenbar last night.
The Blues' big win saw them finish as the only side to win all three of their pool games, with two goals each for Matt Armstrong and Matt Weir, and another from Ryan Parmenter.
The Sharks solitary goal came from Lachlan Copeland, but after conceding 17 goals in their three games new coach Troy Taylor will have to look at tightening up their defence before the premiership kicks off in two weeks.
Thistles' opponent in last year's cup final, Byron Bay, also sealed its place in the semis. The Rams flogged Goonellabah 7-1, with James Tomlinson and Connor Cannon bagging two goals each.
Former Hobart premier league midfielder Sam McIntire also scored his first goal for his new club, along with George Martin and Kazi Tsukamato. The Hornets' only goal came from an own goal from Byron.