Coffs United won the Men’s Premier League Grand Final on Saturday Night thanks to a master-class performnce from Deng Mayak, who scored a hat-trick and was involved in the fourth goal as United cruised to victory to beat Urunga Raiders 4-2.
Mayak will plague the minds of Urunga’s defensive line, who fancied their chances of lifting the trophy following last years disappointing loss to the same opponent. Urunga were favourites heading into the match, having beaten the Lions’ twice this season, but Deng Mayak ensured that it wasn’t to be.
Coffs United Coach Glen Williams was full of praise for his teams performance. “We came here today with a plan, and we executed that plan really well. Our intensity was massive; our workrate was massive after we got a player sent off, and we stuck it out.”
Mayak opened the scoring in the 17th minute, taking the ball onto his chest and, having spotted Raiders Gloveman Ben Sonter off his line, guided the ball over Sonter and into the top right hand corner.
The goal came from nothing, and sparked the match into life, forcing Urunga to come out and press for an equaliser.
Fifteen minutes later, after several good chances to equalise, the Raiders finally did. It was their best passage of play, and for those 15 minutes the Raiders had the better of Coffs, but it wouldn’t last long.
NCF Player of the Year Luke France forced a good save out of Lions’ keeper Josh Wiseman, who couldn’t hold onto the ball, gifting Fabrice Wamara an easy tap in.
With the scores now equal at 1-1, it was time for Deng Mayak to pop up again when Coffs needed him to. If the scores remained level at half time, the second half may have told a different tale, but seven minutes before half time Mayak broke away from Joe Pettit and slotted the ball past Sonter for his second.
The Raiders knew what they had to do in the second half, but a third goal just minutes after the restart meant Coffs United had one hand on the trophy, and with Scott Goddard and Nick Mallet pulling the strings in midfield, Urunga had a huge mountain to climb with 35 minutes to play.
Mallet was sent off for a second bookable offence, meaning Coffs United had to see out the final twenty minutes with ten men. Gum Mayak was substituted on, and scored a great goal to put the match beyond doubt, and although Urunga managed another goal toward the end, it was merely a consilation.
Coffs United played the better football on the night and got the result they deserved, winning 4-2.