Spectacular Gorriegoal seals points
By JIM GEORGE
CORINDI-RED ROCK Breakers defeated women's football competition leaders Coffs City United Lionesses 2-1 at McLean Street on Saturday in a gem of a game witnessed by a disappointingly small crowd.
Corindi went ahead in the 13th minute after a brainstorm error of judgment by Lionesses goalkeeper Erin Herd stranded her out of position, allowing Hannah Moodie's drive to deflect off a defender's head and go into the unguarded goal.
A ding-dong struggle surged from end to end, with attack after attack dashed on the rocks of determined defences.
Halfway through the second half, Samantha Beaumont took over in the Coffs goal, allowing coach Gordon Barton to push Herd up in an attempt to grab the initiative.
The tactic paid off in the 80th minute when, after a couple of good saves from the outstanding Breakers 'keeper Eldie Bouloc, Herd muscled her way through the Breakers defence and slid an excellent pass across the defence that Nicole McVicar slotted home to equalise.
Something exceptional would be needed to defeat the Lionesses and it came in the 88th minute when Elizabeth Gorrie, from 25 metres out, let fly an unstoppable shot that would have beaten any goalkeeper as it flew into the top left-hand corner of the net and sent the Breakers home celebrating.
At Dorrigo, the Cedars defeated Coffs Coast Tigers 3-2 on a heavy field.
The Tigers opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a goal from striker Chloe Gal but Dorrigo equalised five minutes later when a long ball from midfielder Emma Cooper lofted into the top of the net.
The scores were level at halftime but 20 seconds after the break Bridie Fahey netted Dorrigo's second goal with another long ball from outside the box that caught Tigers 'keeper Dee Johnson off guard.
This time it was the Tigers who equalised within five minutes when confusion in the Dorrigo defence allowed a soft goal to Ellen Crowle.
With one minute to go and a draw looking likely, Dorrigo were awarded a penalty which the Tigers keeper could not quite contain, giving Heidi Francis a second chance to score the winning goal.