Tweed stars on song
IT was a great weekend for Tweed teams pushing for final's spots in the Gold Coast Soccer First Division, with round 16 results favouring our southern invasion.
For Tweed Heads the mammoth 5-0 flogging of Burleigh Heads at Arkinstall Park on Saturday moves them to within a victory of third spot, and one clear of fifth.
Aaron Maingay opened the Kangaroos account in typical style early in the first half, but at the end of a lacklustre 45 minutes the score remained just 1-0.
However a Scott French hat-trick blew the northerners out of the water in the second term, with Brazilian-import Marcello delivering the final blow late in proceedings.
“Last week's loss was a great wake-up call and it's not that Burleigh are that poor a side, but that we were in a different class, playing the way we should,” coach Roger Hoy said.
“Last week was naming and shaming the bad, but this week it's praising the good guys.”
Enjoying a bye weekend, sixth-placed Murwillumbah looked on joyously as Merrimac failed to emulate Tweed's success.
Despite a brave performance, the fifth-placed outfit were overrun 3-2 by competition leaders Runaway Bay, and hence remain just two points clear of an in form MFC.
Expected to win their next two fixtures against lower-ranked sides Tugun and Kingscliff ahead of their decisive clash with Merrimac in round 19, Murwillumbah could well sneak home into fourth spot, due to the the recent demise and slide of Robina City.
If Robina continue on their downhill slope the only thing running against MFC is Merrimac's game in hand with Tweed Heads, but Hoy is adamant his men will answer the cry of their southern brothers.
“If...no...when we beat Merrimac that would secure us at least fourth spot so we'll be out to leave no doubt on the night,” he said.
“But it would also help fellow locals Murwillumbah, who are chasing Merrimac who are chasing us, so it's a must win game on many levels.”
Conversely for Kingscliff the race is on to avoid the wooden spoon after succumbing to losses against Merrimac (2-0 on Thursday) and Tugun (5-1 on Saturday) this week.
Lacking depth since releasing players to the Tweed Valley Kings' cause, an under-strength Wolves pack has fought bravely throughout their campaign, and two respectable wins and a draw have seen the embattled side three points clear of last-placed Musgrave.
However, with only one “winnable” fixture in their remaining six clashes, Kingscliff will be hoping to snag at least another draw to ensure their safety from the bottom rung.