Boambee Bombers couldn’t match Coffs United in the top of the table clash over the weekend, with the Lions eventually putting 2 past Boambee to win the match 2-0.
Boambee showed a more resilient defence than they did against the Lions in their first encounter this season, and managed to hold off a shuffled Lions attack by half time.
Nathan Silvy returned for Coffs United and took injured Nick Lambert’s position at the point of attack.
Boambee Centre Halves Matt Ryan and Josh McIntosh played well against a strong Lions attack, though midway through the first half the Bombers were forced into a reshuffle when McIntosh was knocked concust from Silvy’s flailing elbow.
The first came during the reserve grade match when a Lions player made a crude tackle on a young Boambee player. He was strechered off the field with a ligament sprain and won’t return for at least 6 weeks.
The first half lacked any real attacking threat from both sides. United were physical and pushed the boundaries on a few occasions, but referee Dave Morgan kept the match under control on the second day of Referee’s Recognition Weekend.
The second half saw Boambee start to tire defensively, and United took advantage, controlling the match deep inside their attacking half.
However it still took a touch of magic to break the deadlock. Gum Mayak turned his man on the edge of the box, which opened just enough space for the shot.
He placed it on the inside of the far post beyond the reach of Jake Stitt who could do nothing to stop it.
The second goal came as a result of Boambee pushing high up the park. Caleb Lokpo got in behind Adam Berrada and fired home from close range.
In the Round’s other fixtures’, Urunga Raiders defeated Orara Valley 5-2. Urunga got off to a good start in the first half, with the HT score 4-0 to the Raiders, though they conceded 2 in the second half to finish 5-2.
Coffs Tigers were dominant at home against Westlawn Tigers, winning 7-0, whilst Maclean downed Northern Storm 3-1 to keep in contention for a top 4 finish.
In the Women’s Premier League, Northern Storm drew 1-1 with Urunga, Coffs United narrowly defeated Maclean 4-3 and first placed Boambee Eagles drew with second placed Woolgoolga 3-3.
That result sees Woolgoolga keep in touch of Boambee who are five points clear, whilst Coffs United, Urunga and Maclean battle for third and fourth further down the table.