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Grand Final Preview – Lions vs Raiders

September 15th, 2016

View the Grand Finals Schedule here.

Coffs City United Lions vs Urunga Raiders

Newcastle Permanent Grand Final – 7pm Saturday 17th September

C.ex Coffs International Stadium

Previous Meetings this Year:

North Coast Hotel Group Premier League: Coffs United 3 (G. Mayak 29′ 38′ Goddard 65′) Urunga Raiders 0.
Westfield FFA Cup: Urunga Raiders 3 (Homes 36′, Rupprecht 65′, Dooley 79′) Coffs United 0
North Coast Hotel Group Premier League: Urunga Raiders 3 (25′ Emar Foran, 60′ Tim Rupprecht, 80′ Fabrice Wamara) Coffs United 1 (15′ Nick Lambert)

Ladder

Coffs United 1st (43pts)
Urunga Raiders 2nd (42pts)

Run of Form

(W-win L-loss D-draw B-bye)

Coffs United WLBWW
Urunga Raiders WWWWW

The Game

Both teams head into this match with belief and determination, though Coffs United’s path to the Finals has been anything but smooth.

A shock loss to Coffs Coast Tigers in the first semi final had the Lions in panic mode, but they composed themselves a week later to beat the Tigers 2-0 and survive – just. The Tigers were a good test for them, but Urunga are a different side again.

In the FFA Cup Zone Final earlier this year, the Raiders sat back, absorbed the pressure and hit Coffs on the counter. They scored two late goals and won the match 3-0.

If United are going to win, the Mayak brothers will most likely play a big role. Gum has troubled Urunga earlier in the year, though hasn’t been sighted in the past few weeks, and stepping up in his place has been brother Deng, who apparently scores goals just as easily as his brother.

Pulling the strings further back is captain Scott Goddard, who will also be key for United. He has a tremendous engine and is handy at both ends of the field.

For the Raiders, new recruit Tim Rupprecht has troubled the Lions this year, scoring two goals in two separate occasions. However, it’s the Raiders’ defensive structure that will need to stand up come the Grand Final.

Whichever way it goes, it will be a fascinating contest, and we wish both sides the best of luck.

What the Coaches Had to Say

Peter Snow, Urunga:

“This year has been a successful season for us, and there’s one more match to finish it off. I don’t think we’re favourites, but we have belief. We know we can beat Coffs, and we’ve gotten the better of them this year, but they’re the Premiers so it’s going to be tough.

“We are prepared, and we’re coming off a good performance last week against Boambee, so I think the boys are ready for it”

Glen Williams, Coffs United:

“It was a different type of game against the Tigers, Urunga are a different team altogether. I think, to Snowy’s credit, Urunga have some plans in place, and they seem to be working particularly well against us, so we’ll have a couple of training runs this week and hopefully take away the trophy on Saturday Night.”

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