In the Men’s Premier League, Urunga Raiders overcame a 1-0 defecit to beat Boambee Bombers 3-1 on Sunday, securing their place in next weeks Grand Final.
Boambee needed to win by 2 goals and after last weeks performance, belief was high in the team. An early goal helped their chances, but Urunga were set up well at the back and ensured that any further chances were stifled.
Urunga then levelled just after the break, and added two quick goals in the final ten minutes to ensure the Grand Final Spot was theirs.
In the other game, Coffs United were lucky to progress, beating Coffs Coast Tigers 2-1 on aggregate. United started the match needing 2 goals to win, and within the opening half hour Deng Mayak ensured they had those goals, with two good finishes following some decent lead up play from Scott Goddard, Nick Lambert and Caleb Lokpo.
United went into the sheds leading 2-0, and the Tigers knew that a goal would mean the scores were level on aggregate, and that the Tigers would progress due to the away goal rule.
Coffs Coast came out hard in the second half and started to play some good football, which, up until that point, Coffs United hadn’t allowed. A few half chances were missed, and although the Tigers applied the pressure, Coffs United survived.
Tigers Coach Jason Snell said “We were right in it till the end, one goal, it’s all it would have taken. We knew it was going to be difficult but we’ve been in good form and Coffs came out after last weeks shock and they knew they had to play harder and put more effort in and they did that.”
“I’m very happy with the lads and the effort they put in today. We’ll definitely come back bigger and stronger next year, and I think if we can keep this core group of players we will be a big chance to go one more.”
Coffs United will take on second placed Urunga Raiders for the Grand Final next weekend, and having lost their last two matches against the Raiders, Lions’ coach Glen Williams said that training this week wil focus on Urunga and their weaknesses.
“To Snowy’s (Peter Snow, Urunga) credit he has had a couple of tricks up his sleeve against us this year, so hopefully this week we’ll have a couple of training sessions and be ready for them come Saturday.”
The draw for the Grand Finals will be released in the next few days.
Maclean Bobcats progess in the North Coast Hotel Group Women’s Premier League, despite their 0-0 draw with the resilient Woolgoolga Wildcats over the weekend.
Last weeks narrow 1-0 win to Maclean meant they go through on aggregate, and whilst both sides were set up to defend, Maclean got the result they needed, though probably not in the way they would have liked.
Boambee won their match against fourth placed Urunga Raiders 2-0 (4-1 aggregate). Urunga did well to contain Boambee’s attack for most of the game, but ultimately the Eagles were too strong.
Boambee now take on Maclean Bobcats next week at the Newcastle Permanent Grand Finals, to be played at the C.EX Stadium . The timetable for the Grand Finals will be released early this week.