Raiders show their true colours

THERE is an expectation that Urunga will be one of the competition’s front runners in 2010 and their performance against the dangerous Orara Valley proved that reputation is deserved.

The Raiders’ victory was set up early by a Ben Dooley double.

Trouble started for the Dingoes after 15 minutes when Grant Homes slipped a pass to Jaxen Heward.

His low cross found Dooley unmarked and able to fire in the Raiders’ first from point blank on the 15-minute mark.

It was a clinical strike and certainly lifted the Raiders.

Six minutes later it was Dooley again after Arlen Horton floated in a far post ball that the Orara defence misjudged.

Dooley took the ball on his chest before thumping in number two and the Raiders had built up a lead they were determined to keep in front of their loyal home supporters at the Cabbage Patch.

The Dingoes created a number of opportunities via a long ball over the defence.

One such ball resulted in an Orara Valley corner that the Urunga defence did not deal with and was slapped past a diving Raffe Brennan to put the Dingoes right back in the contest just before the break at 2-1.

Under threatening skies the second half would produce two more goals and a number of yellow cards as the Dingoes refused to go quietly toward the setting sun.

Mitch Tutt had made more than one impact and when his weaving was terminated by the Dingoes’ stopper referee Dave Thorn pointed straight to the spot and again reached for his pocket.

Aaron Murren stepped up and fired in the penalty to restore the two-goal lead.

If the contest wasn’t over then it certainly was after Sinai Shaul skated around two defenders his left foot shoot from outside the box rattled off the upright and into the net.

At that point the heavens opened and the ground got a good soaking.

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