Woolgoolga Wolves tighten grip on top spot with win over Northern Storm

Woolgoolga Wolves (blue) and Northern Storm (white) battling for possession in midfield.

THE Woolgoolga Wolves extended their nine match unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory over last year’s premiers, Northern Storm, at Korora on Saturday.

From the opening whistle, the Wolves were relentless in attack.

Just ten minutes in, Nick Mallett sliced open Storm’s defence with a sublime through-ball to Gurvik Virk, who coolly slotted home into the bottom corner.

Northern Storm came close to equalising before halftime, but Woolgoolga goalkeeper Alex Byrne was in top form, making two stunning saves to deny Tom Sweeney.

One minute later, in a match of end-to-end football, Woolgoolga nearly doubled their lead when Fraser Duryea’s header effort was superbly saved by Storm’s diving goalkeeper, Mitch Weeden.

Nick Casey delivered the decisive blow, scoring with just five minutes left on the clock to settle the match 2-0 for the Wolves..

This result sees the Wolves extend their lead at the top of the table to nine points, with a game in hand over their closest rivals, Sawtell Scorpions.

The Scorpions’ veteran striker Luke France netted his second goal of the match against Coffs City United to make it 2-1 with just three minutes remaining.

However, the Lions’ speedster Caleb Lokpo dashed Sawtell’s hopes of victory, scoring a last-gasp equaliser in the 90th minute to ensure the points were shared in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Elsewhere, the Urunga Raiders overwhelmed the Westlawn Tigers with a 4-0 win, while the Coffs Coast Tigers climbed off the bottom of the table with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Boambee Bombers.


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