Ryan Turner, left, from Coffs United Lions and Joel Parkin from Sawtell Scorpions battle for aerial control at Toormina Oval.
Ryan Turner, left, from Coffs United Lions and Joel Parkin from Sawtell Scorpions battle for aerial control at Toormina Oval.

Powerhouses clash



AS far as local Football goes it doesn't get better than this.

A balmy winter afternoon provided perfect conditions for the two power houses of Premier League Sawtell and Coffs United to lock horns.

The 3-1 result in favour of the Lions being a true reflection of the balance of that power.

The Sawtell Scorpions team is a fine product of their youth development but suffers from the demographics of this area.

That being that at a certain age players leave the area for education or work.The result is no players of prime (mid twenties) age.

Coffs on the other hand seem to defy this trend and active recruitment negates thier lack of depth at youth level.

Despite these differences in personnel the two sides do have one thing in common.

Unlike some Premier outfits both rely on skill and pace as opposed to brute force.

The match began with the Mackay brothers using thier pace and the width of Toormina Oval to probe and create chances that brought out the best in Sawtell keeper Daniel Harris.

In the Sawtell defence Daniel Clements was showing some touches and Tye O.Connor was being very industrious.

The opening goal came from some great work by Ryan Turner to set up a Nick Lambert finish.

Turner is one of the rarest gems ,a tall timber with great feet.

In the second half he repeated the trick, this time Ben Mackay getting the final touch.

It was 2-0 to Coffs and seemingly coasting until a piece of individual brilliance by Nathan Tyson got Sawtell back into it.

Perhaps matching the unusually quiet mood of the Sawtell crowd until now the Scorpions had lacked total commitment but they now broke out of casual mode and applied real pressure.

The Sawtell strike force of Parker and Parkin however seemed out of sorts and lacking the pace to seriously threaten the Coffs defence Jake Glover for all his efforts was losing the battle of hieght and power.

A third goal to Coffs courtesy of Dion Ball killed of the contest.

For the Lions the usual 'names' were kept reasonably quiet this week.

The more unsung heros of the likes of Will Bailey,Grice Reid and the ever green Col Smith coming to the fore.

Man of the match being Ryan Turner For Sawtell commitment only in patches was never enough.

They can't have been watching the earlier encounter when a totally commited reserve grade led by Bruce Stevenson and David Gill overcame the league leaders 3-1.

Goals to Kale Hooper Michael Quinn and a gem to Jenna Tristam.



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