Orara Valley stamped their authority on the competition over the weekend, beating Coffs Coast Tigers 4-0 at Orara, whilst the Maclean Bobcats beat Northern Storm 2-1 at home.
Sawtell Scorpions couldn’t overcome Boambee at home, with the 0-0 draw a fair result as both sides failed to capitalise on many chances in front of goal, and Urunga Raiders and Coffs United both continued their strong starts to the season beating Westlawn Tigers and Grafton United respectively.
Maclean Bobcats vs Northern Storm
Maclean Bobcats registered their first win of the season in a tight game against Northern Storm. The Bobcats won the game 2-1 with goals to Harry Menzies and Fraser Marsh. Storm managed to get one back through Scott Dixon, but the Bobcats the deserved winners.
Orara Valley vs Coffs Coast Tigers
Orara Valley Dingoes 4-0 Coffs Coast Tigers
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Sawtell Scorpions vs Boambee Bombers
By Sawtell Scorpions
As always, when the Scorpions play Boambee the game is played with plenty of spirit, and the game could have gone either way, Bomabee had many opportunities and Sawtell dominated patches but failed to score. Congratulations to both sides, a draw was the fair result.
The first effort on goal went to Boambee’s Brady Parker, who was gifted possession from a Sawtell mistake just outside the box. Brady one of the players in the league who would normally punish such a mistake, but this time the Scorpions survive.
Sawtell’s midfield were in a constant struggle with Boambee’s, and plenty of skill was on offer, though neither side could put the final touch in the back of the net.
Both sides have shown they can do damage, but neither living up to their potential so far.
Urunga Raiders vs Westlawn Tigers
By Urunga Raiders
The Raiders V Westlawn Tigers, Round 3 of the North Coat Football Premier League, and the Raiders, having put 8 unanswered goals past the Tigers in round 1 of the FFA Cup in late February at their home ground, Barnier Park, looked the goods for the three points at the Raiders castle the Cabbage Patch.
The Raiders Reserve grade paved the way for a big day at the Patch, 9-0 in that one with hat tricks to Cale Simmonds (first half) and Nick O’Mullane (2nd half), Fabrice Wamara a brace and Connor Spatz with one, plenty of missed chances to boot and Matty Marsden man of the match.
The Main game governed by Dave Connor only 10 minutes old before the Raiders unlocked a creaky Tigers defence after Tim Rupprecht danced around the Tigers Anthony Wall and sent a cross for Ben Dooley to stroke in.
Looked simple enough but the lead play up had pulled the Tigers apart with changes of direction and in the end an unmarked Dooley scored a simple goal. The combination of Dooley 1, Rupprecht 4 and McGovern 4 must’ve pleased head coach, Paul Pomroy, as they bounced off each other with an alacrity and speed that really was beyond the Grafton side’s defensive capabilities.
In a highlight and perhaps a first for the North Coast Premier League, Grant Homes current president of the Urunga Raiders Football Club answered the call after Matty Smith the Raiders goal keeper succumbed to a niggling knee injury after the first half and with Lee Kennedy the Raiders other keeper on an international modelling assignment, Pomroy looked around and pointed at Homsey who duly donned the gloves, swept a hand through those flaming red locks and kept a clean sheet, good stuff indeed.
In the end it was one way traffic, the Grafton Tigers played in both fixtures with heart and conviction but were outclassed on the day. The Raiders next encounter may not be so forgiving as they face the Northern Storm the game set down to be played at the Cabbage Patch kickoffs at 12 and 2 pm the Sunday hope to see you on the hill.
Coffs United vs Grafton United
Coffs United Lions 13-0 Grafton United
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