Swans keeper cruels Noosa's chances in top-of-table clash
FOOTBALL: Noosa coach Kevin A'herne Evans was left bemoaning the presence of Tim Cornthwaite after the Maroochydore goal keeper denied his side time and again on Saturday night.
The Lions were beaten 2-1 by the Swans at Kunda Park in a top-of-the-table round 10 clash of Sunshine Coast Football's premier men's competition.
And it was custodian Corthwaite which cruelled the visitor's chances.
"I think he must have something against Noosa," A'herne-Evans said.
"Every time he plays us he seems to be the best player on the park.
"We had four one-on-ones and multiple opportunities from crosses (in the second half) but we just couldn't get the ball past Tim, so credit to him.
"He's an outstanding keeper and he had a great game."
In his fifth season for the Swans in the region's top flight, Cornthwaite has been a prevalent force at the club, which has had plenty of success in that time.
The Martins Creek crew is on track for another title too. The side is seven points clear of second-placed Noosa in the nine-team competition.
There's still 17 rounds remaining but A'herne-Evans believed it will be tough to run the Swans down in the race for the regular season premiership.
"They're a quality side," he said.
"The energy and experience they have in their team in terms of how to win games is second to none.
"We go away from that second half with a lot of confidence because we know the margin between us and Maroochydore is very little.
"We know we can compete with the top teams (but) whether we've got enough to get them on the ladder, I'm not quite sure on that one.
"They rarely drop points so for them to drop a sustainable amount of games would be a surprise for everybody.
"But come finals, if we're fortunate enough to get into the four, we can give them a game and we know we can beat them."
In other matches, Gympie beat Nambour Yandina 3-2 at Gympie. Beerwah Glasshouse and Buderim battled to a goalless draw at Glasshouse Mountains and Woombye beat Caloundra 3-1 at Meridan Plains.