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By Ross Kendall

The Shores United Brown Snakes claimed a great a comeback win to put their stamp on the Shire’s newest sport’s field on Shara Boulevard in Ocean Shores two weeks ago.

‘It was the first official game to be played at the ground and an historic moment,’ club president Marc Patten said.

The Shores United Open A men’s team took on Tintenbar in game one of the pre-season ANZAC Cup.

The Brown Snakes came back from 0–2 down to win 3–2.

‘It was a slow start. The Brown Snakes were very rusty and under the pump against an organised Tintenbar who took to a 2–0 lead into half-time.

‘The Shores boys came back strongly from the break and took control of the match and sealed a 3–2 win late in the game,’ he said.

Brown Snake Tal Galper opened the scoring after his team was able to string together some good passes together, and then when he was brought down in the box, ‘Bumpy’ McLean was able to even the game from the penalty spot.

Late in the day free-kick specialist Ben Forsyth took a clever chance that Brazilian import Bruno Gomes was able to volley into the back of the net.

‘It was an emphatic and historic win for Shores United,’ he said.

Road to finals

The side backed up the win with a draw against the Lismore Rovers playing away in Lismore last weekend.

‘Ocean Shores were under tremendous pressure for most of the second half but still came away with a draw,’ Marc  said. ‘It has been a great start to the season and we are all looking forward to a very exciting year,’

Shores United host a double-header this Sunday. If the Open-A team win they will play in the semifinals of the ANZAC Cup.

Action from 2.30pm at the, officially unnamed, Shara Boulevard ground.

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