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It was heartbreak at the death for Coffs United in the WPL, as Urunga came from behind to beat the Lionesses 2-1 in the final minutes of the competition, which sees United drop out of the top four.
It’s the first time Coffs United have failed to reach the semi’s in over five years, and it took a big upset from fifth placed Urunga to force them out.
Woolgoolga Wildcats took all three points from their away match at Maclean, beating the Bobcats 2-1. That result meant the side to lose at Coffs United would be out of the top 4.
Coffs United opened the scores just after half time, though it didn’t take long for Urunga to equalise. The Raiders were strong in midfield and did well to stop the Lionesses on the counter. A draw would’ve seen Coffs United progress, but Urunga didn’t give up until the final whistle.
After 90 minutes of normal play and with the scores still locked at 1-1, the referee allocated 3 minutes of stoppage time. Urunga could sense that Coffs United were tiring, and made the most of it with a deserved penalty. The Raider’s converted from the penalty spot, and took the lead with just minutes to play.
In the other match, Boambee Eagles took on Northern Storm. Boambee started slowly, using the match to field some younger players, but eventually put 6 past Storm, the final score 6-0.
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In the Men’s Premier League, Coffs United won the Premiership on the last day of competition, needing all 3 points away to Sawtell. They were heavy favourites, and all-in-all Sawtell did well to keep the scoring low, losing 3-0.
Coffs Coast Tigers snuck into the top four despite a draw against Orara Valley Dingoes. The Tigers had a nervous wait after the game relying on other results to go their way, but Maclean and Northern Storm both failed to win, meaning the Tigers were safe.
Orara took the lead early in the second half, and after a strong start to the game, started to fall apart. The Tigers kept coming at them, and the Dingoes couldn’t hold onto possession, which allowed the Tigers to throw more and more at them.
The young Orara goalkeeper did a fantastic job at keeping Orara ahead for most of the game, though couldn’t do anything about the equaliser, as the Tigers finally got the goal they deserved with five minutes to play.
Northern Storm’s chances of making the finals were hampered within the opening ten minutes when goalkeeper Marcus Wozchitzka was sent off for taking out Liam Fuller on the edge of his box. Northern Storm were defending for the rest of the game, and Boambee comfortably won 2-0.
Maclean gave a good account of themselves against Urunga Raiders at the cabbage patch, but the Raiders were too strong at home and won 4-1.