Courageous Lions go down in final
BROADMEADOW Magic has claimed the 2012 Northern NSW Football State Cup defeating Coffs United 4-0 at BCU International Stadium.
It is the first time a Coffs Harbour side has made the final of the competition and despite going down will be able to hold their heads high.
Relying on explosive starts during its quarter and semi final matches, the Lions struggled to break down a battle hardened Magic outfit who looked every part NBN State League front runners.
The home side were forced to hold out wave after wave of attacking raids from the visitors and were lucky to keep the score at level pegging.
However it wouldn't last for long when the Magic's Luke Virgili capitalised on a Lions mistake before delivering a pin point cross which striker Scott Pettit duly tapped into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Coffs United refused to let the goal break its spirits and dug in its heels to go into half time down only 1-0.
"At halftime I felt we were still in with a shot despite being down a goal," Coffs United Coach Mike Smith said.
"We had defended well and were unlucky to concede.
"I thought if we were to score early on we'd be in with a chance but it wasn't to be."
Broadmeadow returned from the break looking to wrap up the result and that they did scoring twice in quick succession to all but end Coffs United's fairy tale State Cup run with a 3-0 lead.
Despite trailing on the scoreboard, the Lions refused to give up and created a number of chances mid way through the second half from which they were unlucky not to score.
"Their second goal was a real killer and fatigue from playing three games in under two days began to really show on my boys," smith said.
"The boys kept digging in but the Magic's big game experience shone through.
They took advantage of their chances and deserved the win.
The visitors refused to put its foot on the brake with Pettit taking his tally to two giving the Magic a 4-0 lead with seven minutes to go.
The final whistle couldn't come quick enough for the home side but despite the four goal margin will take plenty from what has been an incredible State Cup campaign.
Winning Broadmeadow captain Peter Haynes praised his side following their win yet kept plenty of kind words for the opposition.
"It has been a big weekend of football and for the boys to maintain their form across three games in a little over 24 hours is a great achievement.
"It was neck and neck for the opening 25 minutes but we found a way to take the lead and we didn't look back.
"The Lions should be very proud of their efforts and in my opinion wouldn't look out of place in the Newcastle competition."
It is not all bad news for the Lions following the loss with the club receiving runners up prize of $2000 from Northern NSW Football.
BROADMEADOW MAGIC 4 (S Pettit 25' 55' L Virgili 40' C Berlin 45') bt COFFS UNITED LIONS 0
Referee: Ryan Gallagher
At BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour