Josh Boag scores for Pottsville last year. He followed his coach, David Lonie, to Murwillumbah.
Josh Boag scores for Pottsville last year. He followed his coach, David Lonie, to Murwillumbah. Blainey Woodham

Murwillumbah on top of ladder

A SIZZLING first half performance enabled Murwillumbah FC to post another impressive victory as the team surged to the top of the Gold Coast Soccer first Division premiership ladder with a 4-0 blitzing of Pacific Pines at Jim Devine Field on Saturday evening.

That effort following the club's 3-0 defeat of Burleigh Heads in the opening game of the new season the previous Tuesday night.

Super-slick striker, Simon Hercombe, was again on fire, notching a double to follow his hat-trick of goals against Burleigh Heads.

Murwillumbah posted all its goals in the opening half in which they totally dominated their visitors.

Hercombe got the first of his double in only the fifth minute before fellow striker, Josh Boag, posted a double himself in the 13th and 21st minutes.

Hercombe completed the scoring with his second in the 37th minute - that put the issue beyond doubt.

Coach, David Lonie, rested key players for the second half, giving a few of the youngsters a "blooding" at the top level.

Murwillumbah had several opportunities to increase their goal tally after the resumption but several attempts hit the woodwork and the Pacific Pines goalie made a couple of good saves.

As did his opposite at the other end of the field!

Nathan Wilson is quickly regaining the form which saw him anointed Soccer Far North Coast goalkeeper of the year in 2008.

The Pacific Pines attack did manage to get in a couple of shots on goal but Wilson snuffed out their scoring attempts with ease.



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