Pottsville’s Josh Boag wins the battle for the ball during the Premier League clash against Workers on Saturday.
Pottsville’s Josh Boag wins the battle for the ball during the Premier League clash against Workers on Saturday. Blainey Woodham

Panthers belted in tough opener

DESPITE a 6-0 hiding at the hands of a hot Lismore Workers in the opening round of the new Football Far North Coast Premier League season on Saturday, Pottsville captain-coach David Lonie remained upbeat at the end of a harrowing 90 minutes.

Workers led 2-0 at half-time and went on with it after the break, converting all four scoring chances to run out comfortable victors.

Lonie was disappointed with the lopsided scoreline but was adamant that the Panthers were capable of vast improvement on what they displayed against Lismore Workers.

“Obviously we've got plenty to sort out at training this week but this defeat is a real wake-up call and I'm confident of a vastly improved showing when we head to Lismore to face (Italo) Stars on Saturday,” Lonie said.

“We just didn't piece anything together in attack or defence like I know we can but we'll learn a lot from the experience and bounce back next week.”

Lonie would have had mixed feelings about Pottsville's opening 45 minutes in which his side muffed “five or six scoring chances” but were caught out twice on the counter attack and Workers' men up front made no mistake in finding the back of the net.

“Workers' other four goals after the resumption also came after we were caught out on the counter attack ... long balls in behind our defence, gave their very fast men ample room to attack our goal,” Lonie said.

“We created some good chances in the first half but just couldn't capitalise on them and in the second half we didn't retain anywhere near enough possession to put pressure on them.”

In other premier league results, Richmond Rovers thrashed Alstonville 5-0, Lismore Thistles whacked Casino 5-1 and Byron Bay edged out Italo Stars 2-1.

In FFNC first division action, Burringbar made a great start to the season by tossing Dunoon 3-1 in a solid display which augers well for a successful season for the Bandits.

Burringbar's second division outfit had the bye while their troops in fourth division lost 2-1 at Casino.

Uki's opening third division clash at home was washed out but Kingscliff was able to get onto the field at Walter Peat Oval where they posted a 3-0 win against Tintenbar.

Scores were locked 0-0 at the break but two goals from Guy O'Brien and another from Steve Taylor after lemons gave Kingslciff the win.

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