Alstonville women produce one of best performances to date

ALSTONVILLE produced one of their best performances of the year to down Workers 2-1 in Far North Coast women's premier division soccer.

Workers grabbed the upper hand early when Shannon Collis was the first to react from an Elsa Mangan corner.

Alstonville lifted the tempo and started to string together some excellent passes.

Speedy striker Emily McCann again proved hard to shut down and after she scored late in the half the sides went to the break tied up.

The second half turned into an arm-wrestle.

Both sides had chances but Villa took their opportunity when midfielder Ashleigh Brown won the ball deep in Workers' half and crossed to Erin Huntsman, who was brought down in the penalty area. Huntsman slotted the dot shot to make it 2-1.

Workers piled on the pressure but Alstonville held on.

Villa coach Andrew Iliffe couldn't nominate a best player, instead praising his whole side.

Workers coach Jo Collis was disappointed with her side's performance but said Alstonville did well.

She singled out outstanding youngster Jakira Toniello for special praise.

Toniello, only 14 and filling in from juniors, was impressive throughout.

In the other game, premiers Bangalow defeated Lennox Head 6-1.

Lennox led early but Jade Bianchetti levelled for Bangalow and when 16-year-old Zahli Meluish tapped in for the second, Bangalow took control.

Bianchetti again showed what a lethal player she is, scoring four more goals including a sensational header from a Hollie Jarrett cross.

Bangalow coach Paul Hannigan was happy with the effort after a disappointing loss to Workers the previous week.

He nominated Bianchetti, Jarrett, Georgia Johnston and Ash Olive as their best players.