Services double tally

By TANIA PHILLIPS

MURWILLUMBAH Services continue to turn their season around recording their second victory in as many games in the Gold Coast Soccer Premier League. Services, who lost their first eight games, defeated Magic United 1-0 on Saturday at Jim Devine Oval, Murwillumbah to get the second round off to a winning start. The win follows on from last week's opening victory, another 1- 0 against Musgrave. Both United and Musgrave sit just one ahead of the Murwillumbah side on the ladder with United on eight and Musgrave seven. If the results go their way next week, Murwillumbah could move up and out of the relegation zone. In Gold Coast soccer, only the bottom team is sent packing. Murwillumbah coach Jason Thatcher was full of praise for his side which he believed was finally falling into place. He said he had always believed they had a team of good players but like a jigsaw puzzle ? they just needed to be put together in the right way and to find some form. "The boys played really really well," he said. "It was played hard and fast but in a good spirit. "In the end we created more chances then they did.' Thatcher said after starting the season in an attacking mode but bleeding goals, the team had gone back and taken a good look at strengthening their defence ? a move that had paid off. He said Ashley Tickner, in particular, was playing great football at the back of the pack while goalkeeper Michael Breckenridge put in his second impressive performance in a row despite playing with a leg injury for most of the second half. "He strained his abductor muscle (between the knee and thigh) but he never lost his intensity," Thatcher said of Breckenridge's performance. "Kurt Buchanan played well up front while Gabe Finardi looked good at the back. "Murwillumbah scored the winning goal in the 60th minute of the match with Aaron Hodges, up front, getting a good cross from Armadeep Ghooti on the right before knocking it in. In other Premier League results, Gold Coast Knights defeated Musgrave 3-1, Burleigh proved too strong for Palm Beach to runaway with a 5-1 victory while Nerang caused a surprise, upsetting Surfers 3-2. Meanwhile in the Gold Coast first division, Kingscliff Wolves continue their disappointing start to the season, going down 2-1 to second- placed Coomera at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff on Saturday. Coomera's centre mid-fielder Ash Hyswaite scored twice before half-time to put his team in front. Kingscliff fought-back with a penalty to striker Ben Waldon, 15 minutes in to the second half but they were unable to find the equaliser.



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