Lennox Head Sharks win Tursa Anzac Cup
LENNOX Head has created a slice of soccer history by winning the Tursa Anzac Cup for the first time, producing a slick performance to down Goonellabah 3-1 in the final at Oakes Oval on Saturday.
The win is a major breakthrough for the Sharks, giving them their first silverware at premier level.
Right from the opening whistle on Saturday quick ball movement provided the Sharks numerous chances and only a string of saves from Hornets 'keeper Brad Robertson kept them at bay.
The pressure eventually told however and just before half-time Robertson was beaten twice within two minutes.
The first goal came from big striker Aryan Freriechs who scrambled a far post cross from Byron Milne over a crowded line.
It was quickly followed by a penalty that was blasted home by Milne to give the Sharks a well-deserved 2-0 lead at the break.
Goonellabah threatened to fight their way back into the game when Dave Annetts latched onto a Sam Eyears cross to score just after the restart but their hopes were dashed just minutes later when Jervis Foley netted the Sharks' third goal with a far post header.
The Sharks continued to dictate terms for the rest of the match, conceding only a few chances to Hornets strikers Annetts and Batok Ring who were largely marked out of the game.
Sharks captain Joel Rudgley was named player of the match while central defender Ihsan Sauran was a tower of strength at the back and was well supported by Zeke Hodges.
"It was history, that's for sure" delighted Sharks coach Troy Taylor said.
"At the end of last year we made a pact to achieve and since then we've won the Summer Youth League and the Anzac Cup so we're on a roll.
"Our target is now to do well in the premiership and reach the grand final."
Goonellabah player-coach John Eakin bravely battled on despite a hamstring injury and was among the Hornets best, along with the tireless Matt Graham and Jack Lyons.
Eakin however conceded that "one on one they were better than us across the paddock and there's no doubt they deserved to win".
The Open A division Cup final between Richmond Rovers and Italo Stars was a tight affair, finishing at 1-1 before before Rovers emerged victorious after the penalty shoot-out.
Rovers captain Scott Johnson was named player of the match.
In the Open B final, two late goals gave Eureka a 2-0 win over South Lismore. Eureka's Liam Humphrey was named player of the match.
The grade 16 title went to Thistles with a 1-0 extra-time win over Byron Bay, while the women's Callan McMillan B final was won 5-2 by Italo Stars, also over Byron Bay.