Urunga Raiders’ sent a strong message to their Premier League opponents on Sunday with a 9-1 win over third-placed Boambee Bombers.
Boambee hosted the Raiders on a muddy Ayrshire Park, and struggled to use the home field to their advantage. Urunga got an early goal to settle the nerves, and had two more goals by half time.
Compared to their performance against Boambee earlier in the year, when Boambee won 2-0 at Urunga, Raiders’ coach Peter Snow said today’s performance showed they’re starting to click at the right time.
“We didn’t change too much from that game. Our captain Kale Hooper was the only personnel change, but otherwise we kept to our philosophy. We’re starting to click at the right time of the season and today showed that. We played great football, took our chances when they came and made heaps of chances.”
Coffs United had a bye over the weekend, which sees Urunga now one point behind the league leaders. However, the Premiership is the Lions’ to lose, with their final two games of the season against the two lowest ranked sides – Sawtell Scorpions and Westlawn Tigers.
But despite the odds, Peter Snow said today’s result was still important.
“Today was about sending a message to the other top sides. We’re heading into the finals and it’s important to get some good results behind us to build confidence.”
Bombers coach Adrian Pickup was disappointed with the result and said the performance didn’t match their opponents.
“We were outplayed on a muddy pitch that Urunga could handle and we couldn’t. We were outmuscled and outskilled. They couldn’t do anything wrong.”
In other results, Coffs Coast Tigers beat Maclean Bobcats 2-0 to jump ahead of the Bobcats into 5th.
Fourth placed Northern Storm beat Sawtell Scorpions 7-1 to consolidate their Semi Final spot, and Orara Valley Dingoes beat Westlawn Tigers 6-0.