Workers loom as Cup dangers
LISMORE Workers showed they could be the team to beat in Football FNC's premier league this season, dishing up an impressive 4-1 home defeat for reigning premiers Goonellabah in the sixth annual Corey New Cup yesterday.
The match is in memory of Corey New, a popular junior player with both clubs, who was involved in the tragic road accident that claimed the lives of four Goonellabah teenagers at Byron Bay in 2006.
Workers recruited well in the off-season and it showed on the paddock within the first 10 minutes as new signing Wayne Mortimer split the Hornets defence to blast home their opening goal.
The dual Golden Boot winner looked sharp and combined well with Brazilian strike partner Vinicius Leite, who also stood out with two well-taken goals for Workers.
Midfield prodigy Kurt Walker chimed in with a scintillating first-time finish for Workers fourth goal.
Goonellabah's solitary goal came from former Workers striker Batok Ring and while they looked dangerous at times, the Hornets generally struggled to get combinations working in their new-look line-up.
Workers coach Scott Collis was "very happy with the boys' performance against quality opposition".
But he was cautious about talking up their premiership hopes too early.
"There's no doubt we have the individual players to win a premiership," he said. "But turning that into a cohesive team that can actually do it is another matter entirely."
Hornets coach Mark Ambler was not fazed by the loss, having lost the corresponding match last year before going on to claim the championship.
"I'm not unhappy," Ambler said.
"We had some opportunities that we didn't take, we made some fundamental errors that led to their third goal.
"I'm happy that we had a really solid run which puts us in the picture as what we have to do."