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Panthers path to promotion

FIRST Division powerhouse the Pottsville Panthers continued their push toward Premier League promotion with the 5-0 destruction of Dunoon and District at Koala Beach Sports Field on Saturday.

Josh Boag opened the scoring early in proceedings before goals to Adam Rogers, Brett McMahon and captain David Lonie extended the competition leaders' lead to four by the break.

Lonie implemented several changes to an already under strength outfit for the second term and although their attack was a little less potent, their defence remained impenetrable.

A second goal to the inspirational skipper took his team's total to five and their season's goal tally to a massive 45 in 10 Football Far North Coast fixtures.

“We absolutely dominated the game again, though it was a bit back to front,” manager Ian Charlton said.

“Usually we're slow to start and bury them in the second half, but we came out firing this week and bagged another good haul.

“Our passing game was flawless so we kept possession and when we didn't have it we gave them no time on the ball.

“David had his usual great game, and the Lee boys (Aaron and Jarrod) were outstanding in defence once again.

“A lot of our success this year has come from the opposition's inability to score against us, and despite being short of players yesterday we held another clean sheet.”

The Panthers defensive record is just as formidable as their attack, conceding merely eight goals this season.

Conversely the Uki Pythons' season remains on track to be their worst in several years, after the wooden spooners conceded a demoralising goal with just seven minutes remaining at South Lismore.

With the game destined for a draw, goal keeper Dwayne Bianchetti was caught-out by a wicked corner that found its way into the net.

“I know it sounds funny but I'm over the moon we only lost 1-0,” coach Joe Scholl said.

“We had six guys back up for a very physical and fiery first grade game and they all put in a fantastic effort.

“I was proud to see the boys playing like the Uki of old.”

In other results, the Burringbar Bandits cemented second spot with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away Casino and District, thanks to goals from Joel Davison and Josh Chapman.

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