Sharks tighten grip on third place as finals approach

LENNOX Head has tightened its grip on third place thanks to a well constructed 3-2 away win over Goonellabah on Tuesday night in Far North Coast premier league soccer.

The Sharks quick ball movement allowed them to attack in numbers and they led 1-0 by half time after a well taken goal from the league's top scorer Byron Milne.

Milne scored again after the break when he got on the end of a defence splitting ball from midfield general Ihsan Sauran, before turning provider with the final pass for Gus McDonnell to score their third goal.

But the Hornets never stopped trying and hit back with late goals from Batok Ring and Jack Lyons to give the Sharks a few nervous minutes before the final whistle delivered the three points.

Sharks coach Troy Taylor praised his whole squad for a polished performance against the Hornets, who went into the clash unbeaten in their past five games.

"We stepped up the pace a little and it worked well, having big Aryan Freriechs up front distracted their central defenders John Eakin and Matt Graham, allowing our other attacking options to do some damage" Taylor said.

Joel Rudgley was strong in defence and ex Brisbane premier league midfielder Luke Wakefield had his best game since joining the Sharks, as they continued ther dominance over their Anzac Cup final opponents this season.

Goonellabah coach John Eakin had no excuses, crediting Lennox as deserved winners, but also praised his side for showing plenty of spirit, particularly Ring and Lyons.

While the Hornets remain in fifth place, they could now drop out of the top five after tomorrow night's clash between semi final aspirants Lismore Thistles and Alstonville.

There is only one other premier league game this week.

Lismore Thistles host Alstonville at John Ryan Field tomorrow night.

There are no other games this weekend with Thistles backing up to take on Bangalow on Tuesday night.

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