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Miners goal rush

Kylie Rayson watches as the ball comes back to earth.
Kylie Rayson watches as the ball comes back to earth. CRAIG ABBOTT ORBITINGSTAR

THINGS are looking great for the Gympie Miners in 2012 after dominant win over grand finalists Maroochydore on Friday night.

The Miners won 4-2 after a precision attacking display saw them up 4-1 just minutes before full time.

Alexis Tramacchi was again in amazing touch for the Gympie side.

The pocket rocket scored her first goal in the initial eight minutes of the match.

Miners' manager Angela Williams said the whole game went like clockwork.

"To get an early goal was definitely the plan," she said.

"Then the idea was to focus on defending their key players."

Maroochydore's main attacking weapon is Melissa Weckert.

Williams said Weckert was a quality player.

"We really had to shut her down, she is a big solid player and a bit intimidating."

Weckert showed just how intimidating she could be in the first half when she brought Kym Priem down in a late tackle.

The Miners' defender was stretchered from the field with a calf injury and could be out for two weeks.

Gympie led 1-0 at half time but on return to the field, Maroochydore levelled the score.

Tramacchi wasn't going to let Maroochydore off the hook and scored another for the Miners just two minutes later after some searching runs into the goal square.

Kylie Rayson was the next to score for the Miners to give them a 3-1 buffer.

Williams said Friday the 13th was a lot luckier for Rayson this time around.

The last time she played on Black Friday the midfielder broke a leg.

The Miners fourth goal came from the head of Samantha Sutton.

Sutton guided a Kym Espin free kick into the net for a well-placed goal.

Espin was back in the spotlight at the other end of the park. Just a couple of minutes out from full time the referee ruled she brought down an attacker in front of the box and awarded a penalty.

Maroochy scored to give them some respectability.

The win puts the Miners in second spot on the Sunshine Coast ladder.

"It's brilliant," Williams said. "I can't say enough about the team, they are knuckling down at training and learning heaps.

"It looks like a really good season for us. It is the best start to a season in four years."

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