Boambee Bombers were lucky to escape with 3 points on the weekend, as Northern Storm put in a strong second half performance before losing the match 4-3 at home.
Liam Fuller scored a hat-trick for the Bombers, and looked like scoring several more in a dominant performance up front. However the visitors struggled in patches, and Northern Storm were clinical going forward.
Boambee started stronger, and continuously found Fuller’s intelligent runs with Adam Pickup and Naomichi pulling the strings in midfield.
Fuller scored three very similar goals, proving he posed a threat that Storm had no answer for. His first came just after the half hour mark, with a neat run in behind and a composed finish putting the Bombers in front. His second came just minutes later, and Boambee headed into the sheds with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
However Northern Storm gained the most from their half time talk, as Jamie Kennedy brought the deficit back to 1 just minutes after the restart.
Both sides were wrestling for possession in a scrappy and very physical midfield battle. Fuller got his third of the match in the 64th minute. Boambee then fell asleep and Storm pounced with two quick goals. With 10 minutes to play the scores were level at 3-3.
Grant Scully and Manuel Ruera made the second 45 hard for Boambee’s playmakers, and Jeffrey Odgers contained Brady Parker for the majority of the match, though couldn’t stop Parker from scoring the winner late in the game.
Brady cut inside from the right wing and placed the ball in the bottom right corner. The Bombers then saw out the rest of the match for a narrow 4-3 win.
In other games, Sawtell Scorpions were crushed by a ruthless Coffs United side, losing 19-1 at McLean Street.
Orara Valley made the most of their home ground advantage and continued their recent good form to defeat Coffs Tigers 1-0.
The scheduled match between Maclean FC and Urunga Raiders did not go ahead, and clubs are in negotiations with NCF to re-schedule the match.