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Men’s Premier League semi finals preview

August 30th, 2018

TENNIS star of the 1970s and 80 Vitas Gerulaitis once lost 16 times in a row to rival Jimmy Connors. Upon winning the next time they met, Gerulaitis famously said: “Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row”.

Will Coffs United be saying after Sunday’s grand final qualifier against the undefeated Boambee ‘nobody beats Coffs United five times in a row’?

Since beating the Bombers in last year’s C.ex Group Men’s Premier League grand final, Coffs United has been on the wrong end of the result against Boambee four times in 2018, including an FFA Cup clash.

Lions coach Glen Williams said he believes his team is good enough to turn the tables on the Premiers but he’s not the one stepping on to the Ayrshire Park pitch.

“It will be interesting to see how they turn up on Sunday and see how they go about trying to qualify for a grand final,” Williams said.

Despite the four losses Williams said the Lions will change very little about the way they’ve approached the previous encounters.

“I think we just do what we’ve been doing in the past which has produced some good football,” he said.

“It’s interesting that in the Golden Boot that they (Boambee) have three guys in the running for it and those guys have to be watched but last few weeks it’s been about us not finishing our chances.

“If we can do that right and score then we can win.”

Saturday will see the title race for either Urunga or the Northern Storm come to an end.

Playing at Urunga gives the Raiders and advantage but Urunga coach Craig Simpson believes the way his team played the last time the two sides met will give the Raiders plenty of confidence even though that clash ended with a 1-all scoreline.

“We had a few chances that day but we were missing some players that day who have the ability to put the ball in the back of the net,” Simpson said.

“I think that day there were opposite magnets in the ball and between the goal posts because we just weren’t able to put those chances away.”

Simpson believes having dangerous men return to his side in the past couple of weeks like Tim Rupprecht, Cale Simmons and Josh McGovern will hold Urunga in good stead against a Northern Storm that has momentum on its side having lost only two of their past 10 matches, both of those against Boambee.

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