BOAMBEE toyed with Urunga to not only keep in tact its unbeaten record for the C.ex Group Men’s Premier League season but also claim the Leo Baumgartner Cup.
Played between the last two remaining North Coast Football teams in the FFA Cup, Boambee scored three goals late in the first half to head to the sheds leading 4-0.
The Bombers didn’t take their foot off the pedal and by the time Lachie Moye grabbed himself a double and Brady Parker completed hi hat-trick the scoreline raced out to 7-0.
Darby Sherrin chimed in with a goal late to complete the rout.
Boambee coach Shane Duncan said winning a trophy that boasts Leo Baumgartner’s name is an honour for the club.
“Obviously Leo was a very good footballer and he’d been around Coffs Harbour for quite a while,” Duncan said.
“I had a little bit to do with him and I thought he was a good coach. He was tough and sort of old school but to win any trophy means something to us as a club.”
Urunga coach Craig Simpson tipped his cap to Boambee’s hot form but bemoaned being forced into fielding an understrength line-up, particularly down back.
“All of our experienced left us. Some are down at the snow, another one was doing the City2Surf,” Simpson said.
The coach said the final score wasn’t a true reflection of the effort his team put in, adding he thought the Raiders were their own worst enemy in at least three of the goals Boambee scored.
“I just think we gave the ball away in stupid areas,” he said.
“We finally get the ball out to our strikers and they want to flick it and do things like that and you can’t be doing that against teams like Boambee because you’re not going to recover if you give away cheap football in silly areas.
“We’ve got to learn to hold possession a bit longer, keep the football. That allows our full backs to reset and everybody to get our structure back.”
Urunga is entrenched in third position and is assured of a home knockout semi final against either the Northern Storm or Maclean.
On the weekend both Maclean and Northern Storm claimed the three points.
The Storm maintained its lead in the race for fourth spot but were forced to work hard by the rejuvenated Westlawn Tigers. Maclean managed to close the goal difference gap to a manageable level thanks to a 15-0 thumping of Grafton United.
Coffs United’s engine continued to purr in the lead up to the finals with the Lions recording a 6-0 win in the local derby against the Coffs Coast Tigers.
Men’s Premier League results
Boambee def Urunga 8-0
Northern Storm def Westlawn Tigers 2-0
Maclean def Grafton United 15-0
Coffs United def Coffs Coast Tigers 6-0