Mushies and Tamworth FC pile on the goals

OXLEY Vale Attunga and Tamworth FC literally swamped North Companions on the Northern Inland Football Premier League first grade table with an avalanche of away goals on Saturday.

While Tamworth FC beat Gunnedah Hawks 9-nil in Gunnedah, the OVA Mushrooms overwhelmed Moree FC 12-1 in Moree in their PL Southern Conference round 13 match.

After drawing 3-all in second grade with the home Moree FC, the Mushies went on a second-half rampage.

Adam Watson scored in the first five minutes for the Mushies but Josh O’Neill equalised almost straight away for the home side.

Three more goals followed for the Mushies however before the break and then they added eight more in the second half.

“Too big, too fast, too strong,”  OVA coach Tim Coates said.

“The second grade had ebbed and flowed for a three-all draw.

“But first grade were dominant, especially the second half.”

Luke Purcell finished with five goals while Adam Watson, Ben Genardini and Matt Dunn all scored two.

One of the best goals of the season also arrived courtesy of a Ben Genardini cross to the back post that Luke Purcell squared back for Matt Dunn to unleash a first-time shot  from 20m.

“It was an absolute cracker,” Coates added.

However OVA might have paid for their big win, with Adam Watson straining a hamstring and Chris Fenton injuring a quadricep.

Tamworth FC also struck a 9-nil win for the second week in a row at Gunnedah while Gunnedah United went a long way to shoring up a Southern semi-final spot with a 7-4 win over Namoi United.

Joeys FC have a three-point lead in their Northern Conference first grade table after a 2-1 win over Guyra United.

North Armidale Redmen were held to a nil-all draw by Demon Knights and East Armidale and South Armidale also played a 1-all draw.


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