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Semi Finals Spots’ Still Up For Grabs in Premier League

August 21st, 2016

Coffs United are back in first place in the North Coast Hotel Group Premier League after an easy 10-0 win against Westlawn today.

The Lions’ used the match to field some inexperienced players before the semi finals, and the young players slotted in well, with the Lions scoring five goals either side of the break to comfortably take back first position on the ladder.

With Sawtell to play next week, it would take something special for Coffs United to lose the Premiership now.

Coffs coach Glenn Williams was pleased with his side’s performance and hinted there was more to come as Semi Finals appraoch.

“We played well in patches but it was hard to get the intensity up. We’ve built the team up to around 16 or 17 potential first graders, and today was about giving them some game time. I was happy with how they all performed, but it’s hard to know where you’re at against lower ranked teams.”

Westlawn started well and allowed Coffs to play their game in front of their 18 yard box. The Lions were moving the ball quickly and eventually found gaps in the leaky Westlawn structure. A few unfortunate errors from young Westlawn keeper saw the Lions ahead 5-0 at the break.

Caleb Lokpo and Deng Mayak had strong performances in the front third, making a nuisance of themselves everytime they touched the ball.

Westlawn did well in patches and showed some defensive resiliance, but ultimately couldn’t hold the ball for long enough to threaten.

In the match of the Round, Coffs Coast Tigers defeated Northern Storm 2-1 to take fourth spot on goal difference, now level with Maclean with just one match to play.

The Tigers head to Orara next week in a must win clash, though Maclean have the harder task of beating Urunga Raiders to claim that fourth position.

In other results, Maclean beat Boambee 3-2 to keep the pressure on Coffs Tigers, and Orara Valley beat Sawtell 5-3.

In the Women’s Premier League, Boambee lost to Coffs United 2-1, which sees United climb into 3rd position on 27 points. 2nd placed Maclean overcame Urunga Raiders, which sees the Raiders drop out of the top four on 25 points, as Woolgoolga take their place on 26 points with a 5-2 win over Northern Storm.

Similar to the Men’s Premier League, there is still plenty to play for midway down the WPL table, with 3rd and 4th place to be determined in the final round of competition next week.

Coffs United play Urunga Raiders with the winner securing a top four spot. The loser will have to see how other results go to determine if they keep their place. Maclean Bobcats take on Woolgoolga in another must-win fixture for both sides. Keep up to date with scores over the weekend with the NCF Team App. Find out more…

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