ANOTHER year, another Men’s Premier League grand final with Coffs United in it.
The Lions were as ominous as the skies on Saturday evening as they pushed aside the Northern Storm 2-0 to set up a grand final clash against Boambee.
Gum Mayak scored after quarter of an hour before Chris Dooley pounced on a ‘keeper’s fumble to tap in just before half time.
Coffs United had the aid of a solid breeze in the first half and the Storm’s hopes of a comeback were somewhat quashed when the strength of the southerly died in the second half.
Not that Storm coach Jade Porter thought it would’ve changed the result.
“It might’ve been 2-0 but the score could’ve been worse bar the fight from the backs,” Porter said.
“We just didn’t turn up.”
It was obvious early in proceedings the intensity the Storm brought to their semi final clash a week earlier was missing against Coffs United.
The Lions were able to win the majority of 50:50 balls and should probably have led by at least one more goal at the interval considering Mayak beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one battle only to have his resultant shot hit the upright.
Coffs United coach Glen Williams was thrilled with how his team performed in a do-or-die encounter.
“I was happy with the way we played in pretty horrible conditions,” Williams said.
“I thought we dominated the game even though the scoreboard doesn’t show that but I’m really happy with how we played.”
Porter said his opposing coach should take a lot of the credit for the performance.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for ‘Willo’ (Williams). He’s a big reason why the club has remained so strong, he works very hard,” Porter said.
“He was a big reason behind the boys playing the way they did.”
Now it’s onto Saturday night’s grand final. The last two times Coffs United and Boambee have met this season the Bombers have prevailed but only just with the score being 2-1 on both occasions.
Over the past five months a lengthy entrée has been served, now it’s time for the main course.