Wolves crush Tigers with top display
Woolgoolga Wolves destroyed Coffs Coast Tigers semi final hopes in the NCFL Premier League clash at Polwarth Drive on Sunday.
The Tigers fought valiantly against a determined Wolves pack despite going down 4-1.
The Wolves opened the scoring on 16 minutes when Anthony Bastion met Rick Barnier's corner and laid it back to Ryan Zelvis whose low drive from 19 metres was to hot to handle for keeper Chris Edwards.
Tigers responded with good attacking play and Luke Stow came close on 23 minutes just skirting the crossbar.
The Wolves made it 2-0 on 38 minutes when Mark Coster's shot bounced off the post but was only cleared as far as Craig Gralton who side footed it in from eight metres.
The Wolves looked comfortable going to the break but lost their edge as Tigers midfielders Jason Hart and Kurt Dixon started to make inroads but found Nick Morgan and Asher Jesiolowski in central defence hard to get past.
When they did keeper Naamon Whiteman kept them at bay with several spectacular saves.
Zelvis collected his second on 52 minutes when Barniers precision cross was calmly nodded low into the far corner.
He was unable to complete his hattrick from the spot on 60 minutes when Edwards made a brilliant save to tip it over the bar.
On 70 minutes both sides had a player dismissed in an afternoon that saw both benches scratching their heads over some questionable refereeing decisions.
Barnier finally collected one for himself after a sweet throughball from Anthony Bastion on 81 minutes.
The Tigers dominated the last ten minutes of the match and Luke Stow was rewarded in the 88th minute when he hit an unstoppable drive that Whiteman couldn't keep out.
The Wolves ran out winners 4-1.
For the Wolves, Asher Jesiolowski and Naamon Whiteman had solid games, while Jason Hart in midfield and Phillippe Barrera in defence had strong games.
In reserve grade the Tigers dashed the Wolves semi final hopes when they held the poor shooting Wolves to a 0-0 draw.
For the Tigers youngster Matt Weir had an outstanding game as did Owen Ruttley for the Wolves.