Murwillumbah Football Club’s senior coaching director Jim Spark (left) with club president Jason Dittmar.
Murwillumbah Football Club’s senior coaching director Jim Spark (left) with club president Jason Dittmar. Blainey Woodham

United settle for draw


MURWILLUMBAH couldn't hold back a rampaging United Eagles with the visitors able to hammer home an equaliser with five minutes remaining at Jim Devie Field on Saturday.

Despite the 2-all draw, Murwillumbah United coaching director Jim Spark was happy with the team's performance in just their second Gold Coast Soccer First Division outing, especially as a number of players were missing.

“United Eagles were Premier League contenders last year so that was a good result for us,” Spark said.

The Eagles got out to an early lead but the home side drew level when Tobi Ciani drove the ball into the back of the net from 25 metres out.

Murwillumbah then opened up a 2-1 lead in the second stanza when Daniel Macleod tapped in a Brent McCloy cross.

However the Eagles then began to dominate play and it seemed it would only be a matter of time before they found the equaliser.

That came five minutes from full time but from there, Murwillumbah were able to hang on to claim a share of the points.

The draw comes after Murwillumbah lost 5-2 to Runaway Bay in the first round.

“So far everything is running as I had expected,” Spark said.

“We have got a lot of work to do but we have just played two very good teams so we have got to keep it in perspective a little bit, and a draw is a good result.”

Spark said Murwillumbah was in the process of adding depth to its squad, and would be signing new players in coming weeks – including former Tweed Valley King Kurt Buchanan.

The Murwillumbah clash was one of the few Gold Coast Soccer games to go ahead at the weekend, as fields were closed across the region due to the inclement weather.

Tugun beat Robina 1-0 in the only other first division game to go ahead.

Tweed Valley Kings premier league game against Magic United was called off as was Tweed Heads Kangaroos' first division game against Griffith University.

Both will be played during the week.

In premier league, Merrimac beat Gold Coast Knights 4-2, Nerang defeated Burleigh Heads 3-2 and Broadbeach thrashed Coomera 7-0.

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