Woolgoolga’s Lindsay Athorn keeps the ball from the Storm’s Luke Venn.
Woolgoolga’s Lindsay Athorn keeps the ball from the Storm’s Luke Venn.

Wolves win in a nail-biter finish

WOLVES4 STORM 3

IT wasn’t the most beautiful game ever played thanks to the windy conditions at High Street but it’s matches like these that make the round ball game clearly the most loved football code worldwide.

A total of seven goals, a hat-trick by one player, one team clawing their way back into the contest and finally a winner in the shadows of full time. This is what makes football the beautiful game.

Woolgoolga won the early contests but it was the Storm who opened the scoring when Ryan Cole calmy slotted the ball home from the penalty spot.

The next 30 minutes belonged to Woolgoolga’s Mark Coster who scored a treble to give the Wolves a 3-1 lead and looking like good things despite having to kick into a strong breeze for the second half.

Somebody though clearly forgot to tell the Thunder that the contest was all wrapped up.

The Wolves defence was looking far from composed and when they failed to close down Luke Venn on the edge of the box he made them pay with an accurate strike that beat Wolves’ custodian Alex Byrne all ends up to halve the lead.

Byrne pulled off some fantastic saves shortly after this while Woolgoolga butchered three genuine chances to put the game to bed.

A long ball out of defence caught the Wolves offguard and allowed Sam Sawtell to avoid the covering defenders before beating Byrne with a quality finish. The Storm had fought hard all afternoon and had pulled back goals on two occasions to level the match at three apiece.

Would each team have to share the points or would there be another twist in the highly entertaining game?

With time almost up the Wolves answered the prayers of the Woopi faithful when a well weighted free kick from Aaron Armstrong found Coster again who deftly laid the ball off to captain Stan Russ who made no mistake from close range.



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