Soccer: Lennox Head maintains dominance over Goonellabah

LENNOX Head maintained its dominance over Goonellabah by ending the Hornets' season with a polished 3-0 home win in the FNC premier league soccer elimination semi-final.

GOAL IN SIGHT: Lennox Head’s Byron Milne, who was on hand when needed to make the big plays in the win over Goonellabah.
GOAL IN SIGHT: Lennox Head’s Byron Milne, who was on hand when needed to make the big plays in the win over Goonellabah. STEVE MACKNEY

The Sharks had already beaten Goonellabah three times this season and outgunned the Hornets again on Saturday when it really counted.

Lennox opened the scoring after20 minutes when striker Sam Ireland raced away from the defence to hit a clinical finish past Hornets goalkeeper Brad Robertson.

The Hornets looked nervous and created only a couple of half chances before the Sharks struck again 15 minutes after the break.

A blistering shot from Gus McDonnell could only be parried away by Robertson, but unfortunately for him it fell to the feet of the league's top scorer Byron Milne, who volleyed the ball straight into the Hornets' net.

Two minutes later classy Sharks midfielder Ihsan Savran delivered the killer blow, curling a long-range free kick that deceived Robertson and nestled into the top corner.

Savran was one of the Sharks' best along with midfield partner Luke Wakefield, Ireland up front and Joel Rudgley in defence.

"This was a big step forward for us and we're ready to take the next step," Sharks coach Troy Taylor said.

"It's all about just focusing on each game as it comes."