Lions back to their best form
COFFS LIONS 3
SAWTELL SCORPIONS 0
THE Coffs Lions returned to their winning ways with a 3-0 win over the Scorpions on Saturday in the North Coast Football League clash at MacLean Street Oval. The Lions were faster out of the blocks and looked in complete charge over a surprisingly lacklustre Scorpion outfit for the first 35 minutes of the half.
With goals from Adam Woods and Sam Mackay they looked in fine form until the Scorpions finally got into gear and made a concerted effort for the last 10 minutes of the half.
Stewart Cook made a couple of fine saves and the Lions defended their lead with great vigour.
At the start of the second half the Lions regained their ascendancy and played some controlled football to keep the Scorpions on the back foot.
A fine goal from Anthony Wiseman soon after the reappearance of Ben Mackay made the points secure although the Scorpions didn't lie down and as in the first half they put pressure on for the remaining minutes.
They had a good shout for a penalty turned down and Peter Bayndrian made a spectacular clearance off the line to deprive Sawtell of a consolation goal.
The Lions were deserved winners on the day but they still seemed a bit flat compared to their potential best.
Ben Mackay, Nathan Silvy and Dion Ball made a return starting in reserve grade with Ben and Dion coming on for first grade halfway through the second half.
Lions' winger Sam Mackay may have marked his last game for six weeks as he travels overseas with an unwelcome memento in the form of a broken nose he picked up in the last minutes of the game.
Off the field Sawtell may well be feeling a bit hard done by, having to find somewhere to change as both the changing rooms were in use by the home sides men and women players, with both teams playing at the same time.
Coffs President Paul Israel apologized for the situation and said that with better pre-planning they could have made some alternate arrangements such as asking NCF for a staggered kick off time to allow better usage of the sparse facilities.
As it is a condition of first grade home grounds to have changing facilities NCF were remiss in scheduling the two fixtures at the same time.
The reserve grade fixture finished with a comfortable 5-2 win to the Lions with man of the match being Tyson Barry while Kirt Daley won the Coffs Hotel match award in first division - ROY MILLER.