The WPL’s Boambee Eagles were held at home by a resilient Maclean Bobcats over the weekend, as Urunga Raiders defeated Northern Storm 7-3 in the Men’s Premier League.
The Eagles, currently leading the Coffs Deep Sea Fishing Club WPL by 12 points, were missing several key players and struggled to overcome Maclean. Boambee’s midfield dominated for most of the match, but a goal either side of the break meant Maclean went home with a point.
Kelsey Van Gastel opened the scoring for Boambee with a header from a set piece. Maclean were then allowed back into the match from some poor defending, but Boambee continued to press and nabbed another goal midway through the second half.
With the last kick of the match, Maclean pounced on another defensive mistake to level the scores at 2-2. Boambee will face second placed Coffs United next week, and Maclean play 3rd placed Urunga, with the chance to leapfrog the Raiders into 3rd.
In the Men’s Premier League, Urunga Raiders played their FFA Cup re-scheduled fixture against Northern Storm on Sunday. Urunga were out of the blocks faster than their opponents, however poor defending at both ends saw six goals scored in the opening half an hour, and 8 in the first 45. Urunga conceded 3 goals in the first half with as they were missing defensive pairing Michael McCormick and Harry Gale.
Jaxan Heward and Joe Pettit filled in for the Raiders, and had a much better second half as they found a way to stop Storm. Urunga’s Tom Campbell put it:
“1 goal every 5.625 minutes, what could the second half hold? The answer, Raider dominance. The Storm looked spent and as the Raiders pressed forward they were rewarded with 2 quick early goals. The first to Luke France via a Ben Dooley corner and the second after a clever throw-in found Grant Homes in some space, the club president flicked the ball over his head, gathered, and whacked in a goal that pretty much dissipated the Storm.
It produced a final score line of 7-3 in an entertaining display of attacking football (or piss poor defending if you want to be negative). Peter Tiberius Snow although thankful for the points commented that the defending left a lot to be desired and hoped for a tighter defensive structure next game. For mine I admired not only the scoring capabilities of the Raiders but also Storm’s resolve against an avalanche of Raider attacks.”