Services notch up another

By Tania Phillips

MURWILLUMBAH Services continued the impressive start to their resurrected Gold Coast Premier League career with a 3-1 win over Southport at Jim Devine Field in Murwillumbah on Saturday night.

The game was evenly balanced after the first half with Murwillumbah coming home strongly to dominate the second half and take the points.

"We played really well defensively in the first half," coach John Bruggy said yesterday.

"We started to get on top late in the half. At half-time I was actually happy with our performance despite the game being locked at nil-all."

Southport came out firing in the second half but were unable to break through and after 10 minutes of hard work they began to drop off allowing Murwillumbah to take control.

Murwillumbah forward Armadeep Ghootie sparked the home side's dominance at the 15-minute mark of the second half when he delivered a cross to fellow teenager Josh Boag who kicked true.

Five minutes later right fullback Luke Martin slammed home a sweetly timed strike from a penalty. The ball swung in the air before crashing safely into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Less than 10 minutes later Josh O'Grady made a break down the right getting right to the box before volleying the ball off to Chris Edwards who headed it past the Southport goalkeeper.

However, after three goals in quick succession Bruggy said complacency set in and his side dropped off the pace, allowing Southport back into the game.

Bruggy said while the side would have to watch such lapses he was pleased with their overall effort.

Services have won three from four since their promotion from first division.

However, Bruggy said their first real test would come next week against dominant competition leaders Burleigh Heads.

In other premier league games, Burleigh defeated Nerang 2-1, Broadbeach beat Mudgeeraba 2-1 and Surfers defeated Gold Coast Knights 1-0.

In the Gold Coast first division the tale of woe continued for both Kingscliff and Tugun.

Kingscliff Wolves drew 2-2 with Coomera while Tugun Jets went down 4-1 to Beaudesert.

The Wolves were dominant early, with striker Beau Hayes opening the scoring before Coomera hit back.

Kingscliff went 2-1 up just before the break when striker Chris Kolovos found the back of the net but when defender Paul Jackson was injured in the second half, Coomera were able to find the equaliser.

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