Valley United player Stuart Dyer leaps high above Sawtell?s Dylan Kinninmonent at Toormina Oval on Sunday. The Scorpions won 5-
Valley United player Stuart Dyer leaps high above Sawtell?s Dylan Kinninmonent at Toormina Oval on Sunday. The Scorpions won 5-

Lions stall after top first half

By ROY MACKAY

THOSE who attended the NBN North Coast Football Premier League clash between second placed Coffs United Lions and third-placed Woolgoolga on Saturday night were treated to a great game.

There was plenty said about the game, the most interesting comment coming from Lions coach Brett Adams who said his side played their best football this season in the first half.

"We were first to the ball, played a great one touch game, looked fantastic and dominated the first half, but after scoring the third goal we played awful," Adams said.

From the sideline it naturally looked a bit different but even from a biased point of view the first half looked liked the Lions at their best.

In this mood they are hard to contain with two goals from Ben Mackay marking his return to first grade with style.

The Lions were good value for their two goal lead at half time and after Ryan Turner scored the third shortly after the Lions' supporters were confident that the game was signed sealed and delivered.

We should of known better as this Woolgoolga side are no mugs and never know the word beaten.

The Lions took their foot off the pedal and not for the first time very nearly paid the penalty.

This Woolgoolga side are full of great players with great heart and woe betide anyone who takes them lightly.

Goals from the excellent Anthony Baston and Rick Barnier suddenly had the hearts of the Lions' supporters beating a touch harder.

Fair to say that they were happy to hear the final whistle.

Although the Lions rallied a bit after the second Woolgoolga goal and had a couple of very good chances themselves Woolgoolga had their chances as well,

There were a few tense moments with a number of players falling n the Lions penalty box and from the shouts of the crowd it could have been one of those what if situations.

In the round up the Lions played some scintillating football but at the moment can not seem to keep it up for 90 minutes,

Woolgoolga have great potential, a never say die attitude, and a good honest approach to their game.

I hope they can keep these players together for a season or two and I think the Lions have the potential to have their best squad in the last ten years, but they are all chasing Urunga at this time.

In the reserve grade the excellent Lions seem unbeatable with goals from Michael Smith (2), Nathan Silvy and Stephan Worley (2) seeing the side looking better and better as the season progresses.



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