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Boambee beat Coffs United 2-1 in the semi final played at Ayrshire Park. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

Men’s Premier League – ‘grand final or goodbye’

September 6th, 2018

THE postman has an invitation to the Men’s Premier League grand final to deliver, now he just wants to know who he needs to deliver it to.

Does he head to Mclean St and hand it to Coffs United or does the postie go to Korora and give a ticket to the big dance to Northern Storm?

The postman will know on Saturday evening when the high stakes clash between the Lions and Storm is played.

Boambee awaits the victor. It’s simply a matter of whether the match goes according to form and Coffs United frank it to progress or whether Northern Storm can continue their late season run.

Storm coach Jade Porter said his team definitely believe momentum, and perhaps destiny, is on their side.

“I don’t think the players cared too much if it was Coffs United or Boambee this week and it could’ve been anybody last week, they feel pretty good about their chances,” Porter said.

“You have to beat those teams to succeed and you’ve got to believe you can beat them. If you don’t then you probably shouldn’t be there in the first place.

“The boys are definitely feeling good.”

The rain this week will mean the ball will stay on the ground at the McLean St ground a lot more than it has over the past couple of months.

The coaches of both teams said that’s the way they prefer to play anyway.

“We definitely prefer to play it that way,” Coffs United coach Glen Williams said.

“We prefer to play on a bit longer pitch as well. Our formation suits the bigger ground.

“We’re definitely going to try and play football, try and strike early if we can.”

Williams has no doubt that the Northern Storm will be a tough opponent to conquer.

“On current form I think they (the Storm) are going to be hard to beat,” he said.

“Jade (Porter) gets the boys ready, gets them charged up.

“The thing about the Storm is, whether they’re 1-0 up or 6-0 down, you know they’re going to keep fighting for the full 90 minutes. Particularly in a game like this when it’s all on the line and it’s either grand final or goodbye.”

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