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NORTHERN Storm watched their semi-final hopes fade when they were beaten 2-1 by Woolgoolga Wolves in a fiery North Coast Football League match at High Street on Sunday.

On 12 minutes, Kynan Corsi looked to have put the Storm ahead with a sharp shot into the top near corner only to see keeper Daniel Vagulans spectacularly push it around the post.

It was only minutes later when Corsi sped down the left wing to accurately find Evan Williams with a cross that Williams slotted home.

The match see-sawed for much of the half with Corsi making penetrating runs and forcing some great scrambling from Asher Jesiolowski and Nick Morgan in the Wolves central defence.

Jason Breton was kept busy in the Storm defence keeping out Mark Coster and Rick Barnier.

Storm went to the break with a 1-0 lead but knew they had a battle ahead of them.

Wolves with slightly more possession were confident goals would come if they stuck to the task.

On 55 minutes Morgan hit a long ball to Coster who nodded into the path of Barnier who stepped into the box and pushed it low in the far corner.

The Wolves lifted and created several close chances through Anthony Baston and Barnier.

With 15 minutes remaining, Baston was brought down five metres outside the penalty box.

Coster stepped up and drilled an unstoppable shot from 28 metres into the top far corner of the net to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead.

The Wolves held on thanks to solid defence from Wade Hudson, Jesiolowski and Morgan.

The Storm fought hard to stay in the semi-final chase with Kynan Corsi having an outstanding match but finding it too hard to break the Wolves backline and keeper Daniel Vagulans.

In reserve grade, Tim Baston put Wolves ahead after two minutes.

On 12 minutes Brett Lacey equalised for the Storm After the break the Wolves went ahead on 73 minutes when Scott Bourke slipped past the defence.

Isaac Van Anen extended the lead.when he finshed off a deft short pass from Bourke.

Baston added his second on 83 minutes when he nodded home after a goalmouth scramble.

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