Coolum fights back

Coolum’s Ryan Daley and Maroochy’s Ben Robson. Photo: Jason Dougherty
Coolum’s Ryan Daley and Maroochy’s Ben Robson. Photo: Jason Dougherty

Maroochydore moved to the top of the table on goal difference after it was held to a 2-all draw against Coolum last weekend.

Keen to hit back after a 2-1 loss to Noosa midweek, Coolum were the first to get on the board when Eliot Krause slotted it past the goalkeeper at the near post.

Maroochydore levelled proceedings heading into halftime when Damian Kuzba rose high to head home a well placed free kick in the 35th minute.

Five minutes after the break Matt Chilton came out on top in a one-on-one duel with the Maroochydore keeper to restore the visitor’s advantage.

However, Maroochydore’s James Vonhoff ensured the Swans would escape with a point when he was on target from the penalty spot after a Coolum handball in the 58th minute.

Coolum coach Kieran McKean has confidence his side will still be playing when finals time arrives.

“I was disappointed with Wednesday’s match (a 2-1 loss to Noosa) but the boys bounced back, and that’s why I’m proud of them,” he said.

“We’ve got a good mix of youth and experience and the boys are just starting to gel together really well.

“I think we’ll be in the top four.”

With all top three teams in the Caloundra RSL League failing to register victories last weekend, the chasing pack has closed the gap considerably in the race for finals spots.

Just five points separates joint leaders Maroochydore and Woombye from ninth-placed Noosa after the opening two months of the competition.

An incredible second half goal scoring blitz from Kawana’s Wayne Jones propelled the Saints to a shock 7-2 thrashing of Beegees.

Kawana led just 1-0 at halftime before Jones went on the rampage, his four goals the highlight of an entertaining second stanza where eight goals were scored between the two sides.

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