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Premier League Round 6 Review

May 22nd, 2017

Boambee Bombers 15-0 Grafton United

Boambee defeated Grafton United at Aryshire Park on Sunday on a difficult surface. While Boambee was the dominant team, Grafton certainly play in the spirit of the game without giving up.

Goal scorers Christian Penny 5 Lachie Moye 4 Adam Berrada 2 Brady Parker 1 Sam Sawtell 1 Josh McIntosh 1 Matt Ryan 1

Urunga Raiders 6-1 Sawtell Scorpions

By Urunga Raiders

The table topping Sawtell Scorpions may still be scratching their collective carapaces thinking about just what they could have done to thwart the 6-1 drubbing that the Raiders handed out last weekend on the svelte surface of the Cabbage Patch for round 6 of the North Coast Football Men’s Premier League.

They’d played five games so far, with four wins and one draw. And whilst they may have picked up some easy points along the way, their 3-2 win over Coffs Coast Tigers and 0-0 draw with Boambee Bombers showed they’re a different side to the wooden spoon contenders from last season

At the start they looked to have the measure of Paul Pomroy’s Raiders, good shape and adjustment as the Raiders moved the ball around but it was all smoke and mirrors. Jacob Leslie from left back whacked a pass for Ben Dooley to deflect past over an over eager defender Leslie who had continued his run collected the ball and slotted the finest goal that ever left his boot on 15 minutes.

The Raiders one up early at home, the Scorpions blinked and just went back to the business, a testament to the new attitude of the green and whites, moving the ball where they could but not really getting their main strike weapon Luke Troy France into the positions that hurt oppositions.

Leslie gathered his brace on 31 minutes, again chiming in with Ben Dooley, who’d held the ball up to draw in the defenders, allowing Leslie’s galloping run to go by unnoticed. A simple one-two and Jacob had his second.

It was the Raiders 2 up at the break and the home side looking ominous but the Scorpions are made of sterner stuff this season and certainly possess more quality with the likes of Hayden Purkiss and Xavier Sproule sure to make their mark as the season progresses.

Fabrice Wamara opened the second half with a thumping volley off the Scorpions crossbar, the home side making it 3 up shortly after after Tim Rupprecht gathered a poorly hit pass and good enough to find a way past Olabarriaga.

The Raiders went on to score three more, Lachie Indian Manning clever header for number 4, the penultimate goal for the Raiders to Ben Dooley after Cale Hopper had fired in a cross for Dooley to meet mid-air and twist guiding the ball into the net with his trailing leg completely deceiving Olabarriaga sublime piece of skill, the final goal to Cale Hopper a dead set shoss that one (cross that turns into a shot) for 6. Scorpions a late consolation goal to the mercurial Jackson Petrie who hit a tracer like shot past Lee Kennedy to produce a final score line of 6-1.

Good win for Pomroy’s Raiders as they now look to this weekend where they’ll face the Lions at Maclean street in a 2016 grand final replay, kick-off at 2pm Sunday – you just have to be there!

In other results the Reserve grade fixture was won by the Raiders a hard fought 2-1 win both goals to Joe Pettit who really enjoyed the eighty-seven minutes he played, Matty Marsden, Grant Homes and Jack Myers all with solid performances.

The women’s Reserves down 2-1 to Sawtell in a much improved performance and the first grade smashed Orara scoring 11 unanswered goals.

Orara Valley 3-2 Northern Storm

Match report to come…

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