Revenge for Lions

Jarrad Swan in action for Coffs Coast Tigers during their demolition of Westlawn Tigers in the North Coast Football League mat
Jarrad Swan in action for Coffs Coast Tigers during their demolition of Westlawn Tigers in the North Coast Football League mat

COFFS United Lions avenged their first round loss to the Woolgoolga Wolves in cold and blistery conditions with a resounding 3-0 victory at High St, in the NCFL Premier League top of the table clash on Saturday night.

The Lions started in full flight creating early opportunities through strikers Ben Mackay and Nick Lambert.

Mackay was rewarded on 12 minutes when he met brother Sam's corner kick to nod it in.

The Lions dominated the midfield through much of the half being assisted by a Wolf pack to ready to turn over possession.

Dion Ball and Ryan Turner created plenty of space for themselves in midfield and fed their flanks well to maintain pressure on the Wolves defence.

The Wolves had limited chances but were dangerous at times, their best coming late in the half when Anthony Baston broke through the defence but had his shot smothered by the keeper.

After the break the Lions extended their lead when Sam Mackay's pinpoint freekick was met again by Ben who headed home.

Grice Reid and Brent Turner frequently injected themselves into the Lions midfield creating havoc for the Wolves.

Ryan Zelvis worked hard but was finding it frustrating going.

Wolves back duo of Nick Morgan and Asher Jesiolowski had their busiest evening this season.

While Glen Williams mustered his Lions defence to nullify the Wolves strikeforce of Rick Barnier and Mark Coster who both worked hard but lacked the support to make an impact.

The Lions put the match beyond doubt on 78 minutes when replacement Anthony Wiseman picked up the scraps after a harrowing surge into the box by Dion Ball whose low drive was parried by Naamon Whiteman into the path of Wiseman to give the Lions a 3-0 lead.

For the Lions their were no standouts, it was a solid team effort from all, although Brent Turner's contribution was noteworthy.

For the Wolves Nick Morgan worked tirelessly in defence frequently breaking down the Lions attack.

The Lions showed how dangerous they are from a dead ball situation, collecting two goals from Sam Mackay's Beckham style crosses.

The Wolves will be looking to tightening their midfield and will be welcoming Aaron Armstrong's return from suspension for next weeks major semi final when the two square up at the Den.

In reserve grade, young Lion Brett Adams collected a hattrick with Lindasy Rooney, Anthony Wiseman, Keiran Clarke and Stephen Worley scoring a goal each in their 7-1 drubbing of the Wolves.

The Lions are running hot and are clear favourites to take out next week's major semi final.