Wolves rob Bandits of finals win
THE Burringbar Bandits have crashed out of the Football Far North Coast final's race, robbed 3-2 by the Woodburn Wolves.
“We played the better game,” Burringbar president Jim Robertson said.
“But they kept coming back at us and pipped us in the end.”
Out to continue what has been a remarkable season for the emergent club, the Bandits took to the Burringbar Sports Field confident of trumping southern rivals Woodburn.
Throughout the first half Burringbar looked to have the Wolves' measure and when Luke Callaghan opened up on goal the host side took the lead.
It remained 1-0 until the break, but as the players returned from the sheds, something went wrong.
It wasn't long until Woodburn had their equaliser thanks to a massive deflection and it was game on.
The Bandits lifted and hit back through Josh Chapman but as was the way in a see-sawing second half, the Wolves drew level again just moments later courtesy of a Matt Clark blunder in goal.
“Their first goal couldn't have taken a more accurate deflection and left Matt no chance,” Robertson said.
“Their second should never have found its way in though; Matt's saved a hundred of them this year but this one snuck through.
“He (Clark) did save a penalty however which kind of balances out.”
If Robertson was unimpressed by the Wolves' first two he must have been fuming when the third made its way in.
Using the gusty winds to their advantage, Woodburn launched a long effort up field that caught Clark out of position and broke the hearts of local fans.
It just wasn't to be for Burringbar but Robertson can take solace in how far his men have come from 2008.
“He just went for broke from about 30m out and snuck in under the crossbar; the wind certainly helped it,” he said.
“It's disappointing to be out, but we've come a long way this season and I've been really impressed with the guys. “Better still most are coming back next season, so we can continue to build.”
Meanwhile in the second semi-final South Lismore defeated Richmond 1-0.
Therefore Richmond now play Woodburn next weekend, while South Lismore clash with minor premiers Pottsville at Koala Beach Sports Field.