Korora Eagles flying high
NO club side from Coffs Harbour has ever reached the grand final of the International Champions Youth Cup held each year at Carrara.
Attracting more than 130 teams in age groups from 10-21 years the International Champions Youth Cup involves teams from Australia and overseas in an annual sporting and cultural exchange.
The Korora Sea Eagles under-15s have been a dominant force in the local Holiday Coast competition in recent years.
During the past six years they have been major premiers twice and minor premiers twice.
This year they were beaten finalists in the under-16 competition.
Korora raised the bar to the highest standard on display in the under-15 years division at the International Champions Youth Cup this year.
As the week progressed, their dominance was transferred to the scoreboard where they demolished Gold Coast champions Nerang 6-0 in the semi-finals.
A finals berth awaited against the South Queensland representative side playing under the guise of Burleigh.
After the national anthem and an introduction by former Australian coach Rale Rasic, proceedings were initiated and a classic slugvest evolved.
Korora pressed hard and dominated the opening 20 minutes where they missed a number of excellent scoring opportunities.
The brick wall at the back in the form of Matt Parkins and Kevin Gordon assured supporters that nothing would get through.
A 0-all half time scoreline was the catalyst for a titanic struggle for two undefeated teams to complete a week of hot soccer.
The dour struggle continued until a well deserved goal by Tristan Albert was disallowed after the ball clearly crossed the line.
The argument and momentum was lost and South Queensland's disputed penalty would decide the game, the initial shot blocked by David Betros Matthews only to see the second attempt find the net.
An unlucky period of play had cost the Korora Sea Eagles their finest moment.