Boambee’s James Heath and Maclean captain Kevin Crofton fight for possession.
Boambee’s James Heath and Maclean captain Kevin Crofton fight for possession. Leigh Jensen

Boambee has win over Maclean

BOAMBEE has moved to the top of the North Coast Football table thanks to a thrilling 1-0 win over the previously undefeated Maclean at Ayrshire Park.

A large crowd was on hand for the top-of-the-table clash and the players didn’t disappoint. Both sides played out a torrid affair highlighted by crunching tackles and well-organised defences from both teams.

Defence was to the fore, with no player in better form than Boambee’s captain-coach Paul Walsh who led from the front in such an important clash, closing down many of Maclean’s dangerous attacking raids.

With each team’s back four controlling play it appeared late in the encounter that Maclean would hold onto the top spot through a scoreless draw.

In the 80th minute though Boambee’s Golden Boot leader Brady Parker changed that line of thinking.

Parker drove home a scorching shot which just about blew a hole in the new nets at Ayrshire Park.

This was the signal for the intensity to go up to top gear as the well-oiled Bobcats frontline threw wave after wave of attacking moves at the Boambee defence in search of an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.

Goalkeeper Jake Stitt became the hero of the day during this period as he repelled several attacks with his acrobatic saves that would have done any A-League ’keeper proud.

The Bombers are now looking forward to a local derby this week against Sawtell, while Maclean return to the Showground where they will meet the in-form Coffs Coast Tigers.



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