Lennox and Workers women go head to head

TOP PLAYER: Lennox Head’s Tameka Patch was a standout against Lismore Workers at the weekend.
TOP PLAYER: Lennox Head’s Tameka Patch was a standout against Lismore Workers at the weekend. The Northern Star

A RAPIDLY improving Lennox Head outfit held Lismore Workers to a tense 1-all draw on Friday night in Far North Coast women's premier division soccer.

Playing at home the Lennox side came out firing and led at half time thanks to a classy finish from the talented Brooke Harvey.

Lismore Workers fought back and scored early in the second half through Serena Mangan to set up a tense finish.

In the end, however, great goal keeping at each end from Workers Brie Olive and Lennox's Annaleise Smith kept the dead lock intact.

Lennox coach Mick Smith nominated keeper Smith along with Thaya Evenden and Tameka Patch as his best on the night.

Workers coach Jo Collis was disappointed with her side's finishing in the first half but happy with the fight back, paying tribute to a very good Lennox side on the night.

She nominated Mel Smith and rising stars Brie Buckley and Jakira Toniello as Workers' best.

In the weekend's other game, Bangalow travelled to Alstonville and were forced to fight hard for the points, winning 4 -3 in a nail-biting match on Sunday.

Matisse Iliffe scored early for Villa as the home side worked hard to control the majority of play in the opening period.

But Bangalow hit back midway through the half with Jade Bianchetti scoring from a corner kick to level the match 1-1 at half time.

After the break Villa started strongly but goals to Mollie Parker and Georgina Johnson let Bangalow leap out to a 3-1 lead before Emily McCann and Erin Huntsman hit back for the home side to lock things up 3-3.

This set up an exciting finish as Alstonville had chances to wrap up the win but in the end it was Bianchetti who capped a fine game playing in an unfamiliar midfield role by setting up Penny Greenhalgh in the final minutes.

With a number of players missing coach Paul Hannigan nominated Bianchetti, Greenhalgh and Tamara Hosking as Bangalow's best.

Alstonville coach Andrew Iliffe was also without key players so was similarly proud of his team's performance, making special mention of Huntsman, Matisse Iliffe and Serina Smith.

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