MURWILLUMBAH Football Club produced the upset of the round in the Gold Coast Soccer First Division, with an epic 4-3 triumph over local rivals Tweed Heads Kangaroos at Jim Devine Oval on Saturday.
“Obviously I'm pretty pleased,” MFC Coach Mick McCarthy said.
“We enjoyed a couple of drinks last night.
“It's a great result for us to beat a top side like Tweed, but we've known all season we were capable of a result like that.
“We believe there's more to come from us and possibly a late finals surge.”
Tweed got away to an early lead and looked comfortable when Aaron Maingay added yet another goal to his impressive season tally.
However some lacklustre defence and ordinary goal-keeping from Brad Gregory allowed Lucas Scholes to level the scores.
Darren Reynolds beat a few defenders at the near post to take MFC to a 2-1 lead, but the scores were soon locked at 2-2 and remained that way until midway through the second half when Tweed sweeper Paul Laurie was given his marching orders for dissent.
From there the game played into Murwillumbah's hands and a double to man-of-the-match Adrian MacDonald extended their haul to four, though Scott French's late consolation goal brought Tweed to within one.
“We wanted it a little more on the day,” McCarthy said.
“We did it without a few key players too.
“The last few games we've played at the level we wished to and must keep it going all year.”
While the competition newcomers put in one of their best performances to date, the Kangaroos had less spring than a wombat, much to the annoyance of coach Roger Hoy.
“The boys seem to think defence is the thing running around the house,” he said.
“I commend Murwillumbah for being the first side to score four against us, but we were crap. We were appalling, atrocious; we couldn't string two passes together or even kick the ball at times.
“We didn't play well enough to win a game that we should have.
“The refereeing didn't help much either though.”
Elsewhere, Kingscliff registered their second win for the season with a convincing 2-1 triumph away to fellow strugglers Musgrave, lifting themselves from the foot of the ladder, and Runaway Bay hammered Griffith Uni 5-2.