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Wins to Star, Coraki in FNC men's hockey

DOUBLE PLAY: Brad Hughes, right, scored two goals in Northern Star's 4-1 win over Ballina. He is pictured vying for possession with Cameron Palmer. Watcjhing on are Dylan Stone (Ballina) and Sam McCarthy (Star).
DOUBLE PLAY: Brad Hughes, right, scored two goals in Northern Star's 4-1 win over Ballina. He is pictured vying for possession with Cameron Palmer. Watcjhing on are Dylan Stone (Ballina) and Sam McCarthy (Star).

EVEN without Mark Harris and Matt Harmon, Northern Star was too strong for Ballina in Premier League men's hockey, winning 4-1.

In the other game locally, Coraki came from behind to get over East Lismore 4-3.

Star were polished but Ballina played some good hockey too.

Adam Grill opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a shot almost from the backline that sailed past Ballina goalkeeper Adam Ryan.

Harry Smith made it 2-0 when he finished off some good teamwork.

Right on half-time Thomas Vant- aggiato laid off to an Brad Hughes, who made no mistake.

Ballina started the second half well and their efforts were rewarded with a goal to Sam Davis.

It took Star 30 minutes to score their only goal of the half - Brad Hughes' second.

Easts and Coraki played in wet conditions but the game still began at a hectic space. Isaac Layton opened Easts' account 12 minutes in with a great solo goal.

Coraki retaliated three minutes later when Alex Powell converted a penalty corner but when Joel Johnson scored, Easts led 2-1.

Mitch Harley put Easts 3-1 up seven minutes into the second half but Powell brought Coraki back to within one when deflected a Mitch Dunstan pass into the net.

Powell fond another deflection for his third goal to tie it up 3-all with 22 minutes to go.

Easts defended stoutly but final- ly succumbed to Coraki pressure when Ethan White scored.

Easts did all they could to final an equaliser in the last five minutes but their efforts went unrewarded.