Sharks bare teeth in warning to football rivals with 4-1 win
LENNOX Head showed they are sure to be a force this season with an emphatic 4-1 home win over high-flying Goonellabah in Far North Coast premier league soccer.
The win on Saturday may also give the Sharks a psychological advantage over the Hornets ahead of their clash in the Tursa Anzac Cup final on Anzac Day.
Lennox Head began well with striker Jervis Foley bagging two goals by half-time, using his change of direction to glide past defenders and beat Hornets goalkeeper Brad Robertson twice.
Robertson came under a lot of pressure and had to make several saves, but a minute into the second half he was beaten again, this time by a low drive from Chris Burgess.
A fourth goal from Gus McDonnell wrapped up the win, before Jay Packham slotted a late consolation penalty for the Hornets.
Goonellabah missed player-coach John Eakin and his ability to organise the defence - he sat on the bench with a hamstring injury.
But the game was won by the Sharks' ability to work the ball well in tight spaces, especially the attacking third.
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Central defender Luke Wakefield did a good job keeping the Lennox Head backline in shape and goalkeeper Jonty Wunsch also stood out, but their coach Troy Taylor is not getting carried away.
"It was a good performance, but you're only as good as your next game so we're looking forward to taking on Rovers next week," he said.
Eakin was happy to concede that "they out-enthused us and could have beaten us by an even bigger margin".
"They're the best side we've played so far," he said.
There were some big scores in other games including a 6-0 away win for Byron Bay over Ballina.
Striker Connor Cannon led the way with two goals and was joined on a crowded scoresheet by Sam Owens, Michael Kelly, Jonathan Pearce and Herrick Schulemann.
Lismore Thistles racked up a 5-0 win over Bangalow on home soil.
Darren Beardow, Ryan Parmen-ter, Matt Armstrong and Jake and Jordan Nind all found the back of the net in a welcome return to form for the Blues.
Richmond Rovers returned from Casino with a 3-0 win after goals from Dan Flynn, Reid Brewer- Charles and Matthew Olley.
The points were shared in Lismore Workers' home game against Alstonville yesterday in an entertaining 2-all draw.
Villa led 2-0 at half-time after goals from Cody Lawrence and Phil Francis before Jonty Miller came on as a sub for the Redmen and salvaged a competition point with two goals.