Bourke strikes again
WOOLGOOLGA Wolves forward Scott 'Scrub' Bourke is gaining a reputation for poaching goals when they really count in tight games.
Bourke scored a decisive goal for his side in their 2-1 win over Northern Storm in an entertaining clash at Korora yesterday.
In the 40th minute, with the game seemingly deadlocked, Storm goalkeeper Beau Smith found himself stranded on the edge of the penalty area.
The elusive Bourke whipped the ball away from Smith's outstretched arms to go around him and steal a delightful opportunist goal.
It would be harsh to blame the goalkeeper for what was really a cheeky piece of daylight robbery by Bourke and when Rick Barnier received a perfect through ball from defender Isaac Van Aanen in the 54th minute to drive home a spectacular second goal for the Wolves.
The question was then asked whether the Wolves would squander a two-goal lead in first grade as they had in the earlier reserve grade match.
The answer was nearly as two minutes later Kynan Corsi beat Wolves goalkeeper Naamon Whiteman to a bouncing ball and slotted home a well deserved Storm goal.
Woolgoolga were again under pressure as a Kynan Corsi shot ricocheted off the crossbar in the 60th minute and again in the 78th minute when the Wolves defence actually cleared their line after surviving some desperate scrambles for the ball inside the penalty area.
Ryan Barby, Kynan Corsi and Kane Kofoed were asking all sorts of questions of a Wolves defence which at times looked pretty shaky before holding on for a 2-1 win.
In truth, if either of these young sides had scored from the numerous opportunities they created the result would have been a 10-all draw.
Most shots though were from long range and were either inaccurate or presented the keepers with few problems.
Another feature of the game was the number of times the defence on both sides conceded possession in their own half of the field, something both attacks should have punished but failed to do so.
Wolves coach Mick Jackson was a relieved man after the game.
"That was a struggle, we had three first graders missing in Mark Costner, Anthony Baston and Boris Svrnzjak but the boys did well to grab the lead and hang onto it," he said.
"I can't remember the last time we won at Korora so it's a relief to come away with the points."
The consensus from Storm supporters was that they had done enough to earn at least a draw.
Ryan Barby and Kynan Corsi starred for the Storm while Rick Barnier, Ryan Zelvis and Aaron Armstrong stood out for the Wolves.