Teen revels in new role for Mushies

OXLEY Vale Attunga coach Tim Coates gave teenager Tim Hassan a different role at Narrabri in Saturday’s NIF Premier League match against Narrabri/Wee Waa.

Previously playing as a striker, the youngster, who also scored a goal in his second grade side’s 8-nil win at Hogan Oval, was moved back to midfield.

Hassan scored a goal in his new attacking midfield role.

“Tim and Brendan Fergie were our best,”  Coates said.

“Tim will play up front for North West I think (at Rooty Hill) at the State CHS Football carnival but I had him playing as an attacking midfielder for us.

“He had to adjust his play a little but had a real good game there.”

Ben Genardini scored a hat- trick, two of them penalties, for the Mushies in their big win while Sam Higgins was best for the Mushies in their 8-nil second grade win.

While Hassan was starring for OVA before heading to Sydney for today’s start to the State CHS Carnival, there were a number of other team members turning out for their NIF Premier League sides.

North Armidale keeper Riley Hopgood and North Companions’ Jake Thompson have been in good form for their respective teams.

Hopgood has been in great form in goals for his Redmen side which has now won three on the trot after Saturday’s 5-nil win over Guyra United.

Thompson scored twice in North Companions’ 5-nil win over Gunnedah Hawks.

Meanwhile, Tamworth FC had to work hard for its 2-nil win over Gunnedah United at Wolseley Park, Gunnedah.

Kelly Nystrom notched both FC goals, the first coming in the third minute and the second in the final minute

“It was a hard game,” TFC coach Wayne May said.

“They’ve got a good side and had us under a lot of pressure but we also need a good solid hit-out too.”

United certainly gave TFC the “solid hit-out” it needed and caused more than a few problems for the  premiers.

“The second half was a real dogfight in the middle,” May said.

He thought goalkeeper Troy Osborne was one of his side’s best along with centre backs Kelly Nystrom and Damien Puoyenbroek.

“We’ve got some big games coming up and that was a good game for us,”  May said of a side that plays Gunnedah Hawks in Tamworth this Saturday.

North Companions’ Jake Thompson tackles North Armidale’s James Birmingham in a recent NIF Premier League match. Thompson scored twice for NC on Saturday and will be hoping to hit the mark for North West when it starts its  State CHS Carnival in Rooty Hill today. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030514GGC03

North Companions’ Jake Thompson tackles North Armidale’s James Birmingham in a recent NIF Premier League match. Thompson scored twice for NC on Saturday and will be hoping to hit the mark for North West when it starts its State CHS Carnival in Rooty Hill today. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030514GGC03

OVA is also at home in Tamworth while East Armidale hosts North Companions (Doody Park) and Demon Knights play South Armidale in a local derby at Rologas 1, Armidale. 

Gunnedah United goes to Wee Waa to play Narrabri/Wee Waa while Joeys FC hosts North Armidale at Inverell.

NORTH WEST BOYS CHS (team to play in State CHS Carnival at Rooty Hill from  today): Riley Hopgood, Lewis Russoniello, Ari Georkas (Duval), Sam William-Glass, Niclas Altmann (Gunnedah), Tim Hassan (Tamworth, David Ifield, Joshua Bartlett, Zac Chmieluk, Jake Thompson (Oxley), Callum Dolby (Macintyre), Kyle King (Inverell), David Tighe (Coonabarabran), Callan MacGregor (Armidale). Manager - Michael Lord (Armidale).

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