Joeys face another tough road trip

JOEYS FC United bowed out of the State Cup with a one-goal loss in Coffs Harbour Saturday as they prepare for another major away challenge in this Saturday’s Northern Inland Football Premier League against Tamworth’s Oxley Vale Attunga.

Gunnedah’s Andrew Mitchell holds off the challenge of DK's Conor McGregor. Photo: courtesy of

Gunnedah’s Andrew Mitchell holds off the challenge of DK's Conor McGregor. Photo: courtesy of

The Joeys match up against the OVA Mushrooms in Tamworth in what coach Steve Gadd knows is a big game for his young side after losing out to Newcastle’s Cooks Hill United 3-2 in their State Cup quarter final in Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Down 1-nil at half-time Joeys equalised early in the second half through Ash Smith’s strike.

“We were looking quite good but unfortunately we couldn’t take the half chances we had,” Gadd told The Leader.

Smith’s second strike gave the Joeys a sniff but the Novocastrians edged them out.

Smith, Brent Pedlow and Trent Erwin starred for Joeys, who now prepare or this Saturday’s OVA game.

They head the NIF’s Northern Conference, equal on points with North Armidale, after the Redmen beat Moree FC 3-nil on Saturday.

“It’s a big game for us,”Gadd said.

“A big game down there, a real challenge for us again.”

The South Armidale-Gunnedah Hawks game was washed out while East Armidale beat Namoi United 6-1 , North Companions beat Guyra United 2-nil in Guyra and Demon Knights eclipsed Gunendah United 3-1 in Armidale. Evan Lee scored the United goal in a match where the visiting United hit the cross-bar twice and wasted numerous other good chances.

“We just couldn’t in the back of the net,” said United coach Richard Grant.

n German striker Miroslav Klose has equalled the all-time World Cup scoring record with 15 after he scored in Germany’s 2-all draw against Ghana.

Klose scored from close range in the 71st minute from a corner, two minutes after coming on as a substitute, for his first goal at the 2014 World Cup. The 36-year-old Lazio striker celebrated with a somersault after the goal which levelled the score at 2-2.

He had been level on 14 World Cup goals with former German star Gerd Mueller.

The Polish-born Klose became Germany’s all-time scoring leader earlier this month with his 69th goal, moving ahead of Mueller’s previous mark of 68.

Klose scored five goals in his first World Cup match against Saudi Arabia in 2002.

He added five more goals in 2006 in taking the Golden Boot trophy and scored four more goals at South Africa 2010.