Rovers end Hornets run
RICHMOND Rovers have kept alive their faint hopes of a fourth consecutive minor premiership in FNC premier league soccer.
Rovers on Tuesday night became the first side to beat competition front-runners Goonellabah with a 2-1 home win at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
After first-half goals from Jonathan See (Rovers) and Sam Ireland (Goonellabah), Rovers stole the match with the last touch of the game, with substitute Daniel Brown netting a dramatic winning goal.
The premiers now trail Goonellabah by six points with four games remaining, leaving the Hornets still in the box seat to win their first minor premiership since 2005.
In the other catch-up game on Tuesday night, Ballina leap-frogged Alstonville into sixth spot with a 4-1 home win.
Well-taken goals from Cerys Hawkins and Troy Cook had the Seahorses leading 2-0, before Villa had two players sent off by referee Mark Predebon.
Kurt Stephens and Matt Gordon were each marched for two yellow cards, ending Villa’s hopes of a fightback.
Further goals from Hawkins and Andrew Lundie wrapped up a vital win for Ballina, with Christian Izzy scoring Villa’s consolation goal.