Snell Relieved to Progress to Third Round
Coffs Coast Tigers FC are through to the third round of the Westfield FFA Cup, but coach Jason Snell admits his side were lucky to scrape through against Sawtell Scorpions on Saturday.
The Scorpions were the better team on the day, but failed to make the most of the Tigers’ poor second half.
The Tigers’ took the lead from a free kick in the first half, and held onto the lead to win the match 1-0. Snell said that whilst there were positives to draw from the match, the team has plenty to work on before the season starts.
“It’s got to do with their attitude. They’re a good side, but they have to realise that we got away with a win, an ugly win, and we didn’t deserve it.”
“They need to work for each other, and keep composure when we have the ball. We’ve got plenty to do in the next few weeks”
Sawtell played through the Tigers, and their high-intensity defensive game forced plenty of mistakes from Snell’s team.
However, despite the dominance, Sawtell couldn’t get the crucial equaliser to force the game to penalties.
Manager Rod Purkiss said “The structure Gary (Phillips) is trying to put in place is getting better now and the boys are holding it for more minutes. We probably held it for 35 minutes in the second half so really happy about that”.
“When creating chances, we’ve just got to get that slightly better decision on the cross, or the finish, or the pass – the final ball – and knock the ball in the back of the net, that was the difference I think”.
Coffs Coast Tigers now head into NCF Zone FFA Cup Round Three and will either draw a bye or face Urunga Raiders for a spot in the final.
Coffs United Through to FFA Cup Zone Final
Coffs United Lions defeated Orara Valley Dingoes 4-0 at McLean Street on Sunday in extremely difficult conditions.
Playing in torrential rain, Coffs United scored three first half goals within eight minutes to put the Dingoes out of reach, in a game that otherwise might have told a different story.
Deng Mayak opened the scoring for the Lions, and missed two more good chances throughout the match. Lorenzo Rigoni put away Coffs United’s second, and Dut Garang scored their third just four minutes later.
Despite the conditions, both sides were determined to play an attractive, possession-based style of football. Coffs United had the better share of possession, though Orara held their own and played well against the reigning premiers.
It was good signs for Orara, who will look to build on last years groundwork, and, on their day, look to be able to match it with the best in 2017.
Coffs United drew a bye in the third Round of the FFA Cup, and therefore go through to the Final, where they will play the winner of Urunga Raiders vs Coffs Coast Tigers in the Leo Baumgartner Cup