Yamba goalkeeper Rod Menzies saves a penalty shot against Northern Storm on Sunday. Unfortunately for Menzies and the Breakers he was given a red card not long after this moment of glory.
Yamba goalkeeper Rod Menzies saves a penalty shot against Northern Storm on Sunday. Unfortunately for Menzies and the Breakers he was given a red card not long after this moment of glory. Terry Allen

Tigers on roll after early promise

COFFS Coast Tigers were far too fleet footed for Woolgoolga and the resultant 4-2 scoreline now sees the Tigers fulfilling the promise that they have displayed only in patches previously.

The magic show from the Tigers on Saturday evening started only 30 seconds after the opening whistle when a well weighted pass found a Kodjo Adjassou who crashed the ball into the net from 12 metres giving the Wolves custodian Alex Byrne no chance.

It was a sloppy start by the Wolves but falling a goal behind so early stung them into action.

Woolgoolga were controlling possession but poor last pass options saw them fail to convert opportunities into goals until half an hour had elapsed.

A slick passing movement found Anthony Baston in space and he turned his defender, found Drew Vines who deftly laid the ball off to Mitch Duryea who steamed onto the pass and made no mistake with his first time strike.

Frenetic was the only way to describe the pace of the game at this stage and it was a matter of who could keep up such intense football the longest.

Clearly it was the Tigers who remained switched on at such an important juncture.

Woolgoolga nodded off for a micro sleep which allowed the potent Tigers attack to snap back the lead with a goal from close range.

The Tigers were now up by a goal but with the referee about to blow his whistle for half time the Tigers’ attack was again given too much time and space which resulted in Kodjo Adjassou scoring his second goal of the game with an audacious chip which left the Wolves keeper stranded.

With the second half only 10 minutes old Woolgoolga should’ve pulled one back through striker James Palmer who steamed onto a pass down the left before cutting inside and thundering a shot into the side netting.

With the game slipping away from the Wolves, man of the match Jesse Hinds lined up a free kick from 30 metres and deftly floated the ball into the top far corner to make it ‘game on’ again.

Desperately seeking an equaliser the Wolves were celebrating with the ball in the back of the net but the referee disallowed the effort due to a handball. Drew Vines then fired one over the crossbar and time was running out for Woolgoolga.

In the shadows of full time the Tigers mounted a sustained attack which resulted in striker David Adjassou heading home the Tigers’ fourth goal of the afternoon for a well deserved victory.

MEN’S 1st DIVISION TABLE

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Maclean Bobcats

5

5

-

-

14

4

15

Boambee Bombers

5

4

1

-

22

4

13

Coffs Coast Tigers

5

3

1

1

16

9

10

Urunga Raiders

5

3

1

1

12

6

10

Northern Storm Thunder

5

2

1

2

12

12

7

Coffs United Lions

5

2

-

3

11

8

6

Woolgoolga Wolves

5

2

-

3

17

16

6

Orara Valley Dingoes

5

1

1

3

6

10

4

Yamba Breakers

5

-

1

4

3

25

1

Sawtell Scorpions

5

-

-

5

4

23

0



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