Wolves striker James Palmer contests the ball with Lions opponent Joel Digney in today's clash at Maclean Street Oval.
Wolves striker James Palmer contests the ball with Lions opponent Joel Digney in today's clash at Maclean Street Oval. Leigh Jensen

Business as usual as United Lions make presence felt

Two first half goals set Coffs United up for a commanding 3-1 victory over rivals the Woolgoolga Wolves.

Nathan Silvy set the tone of the game with a brilliant 18-yard effort to give the Lions a perfect start.

Two goals each side of the half by Coffs United striker Ben Mackay added to the tally, while Woolgoolga number seven, James Palmer, got the Wolves only goal of the game with a left-footed strike outside the penalty area.

Woolgoolga player-coach, Stan Russ was disappointed with the result but drew positives from a solid defensive performance in the second half.

"Being under strength we played well," he said.

"They had their full team and knocked it around and held on to the ball a bit more.

"I'm happy with the team ... we did the best we could.

"In the second half we were determined to keep our defence tight and then build the play from there, as we know how strong Coffs' attack is.

"In the first half I think they wore us out a little bit and fatigue set in.

"After this game we are fighting for points now, but we'll climb back up."

United coach Mike Smith was pleased with the effort shown by his team as it prepares for two crucial games in the NCF Premier League.

"It was always going to be a hard game," he agreed.

"Woolgoolga are always a difficult team to play.

"With the style of game, we needed to get ahead early.

"Thankfully we got the goals at the right time and dominated most of the game.

"We got to 3-0 and we should have gone on from there.

"But our lads fumbled one at the back and Woopi capitalised.

'It was a great strike from their lad.

"The next two games are going to be difficult as we have Urunga at Urunga and then Northern Storm."

 

NCF Premier League round 7 results

Coffs United 3 Woolgoolga Wolves 1

Maclean Bobcats 0 Urunga Raiders 5

Orara Dingoes v Northern Storm - deferred

Coffs Tigers v Boambee Bombers - deferred

Sawtell Scorpions v Westlawn Tigers - deferred



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