Workers get the better of Thistles
LISMORE Workers completed their second victory in as many weeks over local rivals Thistles with a 3-0 result in Far North Coast premier division women's soccer.
Playing on their home ground at East Lismore on Friday night, Thistles were depleted due to injuries but started brightly and had the better of the opening minutes.
It did not take long for Workers to assert themselves and they could have opened the scoring but were twice denied by outstanding Thistles goalkeeper Laura Wallwork.
The Thistles midfield, led by Anna Skeen and Karina Young, worked hard and created a chance when Belinda Pirlo broke away only for her powerful shot to go just over the bar.
In the shadow of half-time Workers broke the deadlock when Riley Hore set up Serena Mangan for a 1-0 lead.
After the beak Workers lifted again and the pressure told when dangerous striker Madi Fiedler got on the end of a through ball from Elsa Mangan to make the score 2-0.
Minutes later Mangan released Georgia Cole, who used her pace before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top of the net from the edge of the box.
Workers coach Luke McWaide was happy with his team's performance, nominating Laura St Ruth and Shannon Collis as their best players.
Thistles coach Damien Parker was again pleased with his girls' effort when struggling with numbers, especially inspirational keeper Wallwork and midfielders Skeen and Young, who worked tirelessly.
In the other game, Alstonville defeated Lennox Head 7-1.
Chelsea Coleman opened the scoring for Villa before Emily Keith equalised for Lennox midway through the first half.
Jess Woolfe made it 2-1 to Villa at half-time.
After the break Villa proved too strong with two more goals to Woolfe, another to Coleman and two for Matisse Iliffe.
Alstonville coach Rob Sheehan nominated Courtney Jameson and Erin Huntsman as his best while for Lennox Head, goal- scorer Keith and defender Ruby Watts were outstanding.
Bangalow had the bye.