Gunners to take aim at Orara in decider
By TONY BLANCH
SOUTH Services Grafton Gunners scored a resounding 4-nil win over Corindi Breakers in the final of the Coffs Clarence Football League soccer competition at Rushforth Park on Saturday.
The Gunners will now tackle Orara at 2.30pm this Saturday at the same venue in the competition decider.
Due to the unavailability of father and son combination Tony and Nathan Blanch, Gunners made two forced changes for Saturday's final, with Mick Skinner moving to stopper and Steve Challonor to centre midfield.
After a close first half, Gunners received a free kick 30 minutes into the match from around 30m out when Brad Grieve took a chip kick over the opposition. Striker Phil Hurst latched onto the ball and put a great shot into the back of the net to give Gunners a 1-nil lead at the break.
The second half started the same as the first with neither side gaining the as- cendency.
The game swung in Gunners' favour 10 minutes into the second stanza when Grieve was knocked unconscious after a tackle by an opposing player.
Grieve was taken from the field and the Corindi player issued a yellow card by the referee.
From the ensuing free kick the ball was knocked over for a corner. Darren McMahon sent a curling kick into the goal area where an opposition player deliberately hand-balled it away and was automatically given his marching orders by the referee. Gunners received another penalty.
Challonor beat the goalkeeper from the free kick to take Gunners to a 2-nil lead.
From this point Corindi players started arguing with the referee and among themselves and never got back into the game.
The Gunners slotted two late goals through Challonor and Hurst, with the pair each snaring a double.
Gunners were best served by Hurst and Skinner.
Gunners are expected to be at full strength to take on Orara in the grand final.