Dingoes take down Coffs United
THE message coming out of Dairyville on Saturday afternoon was loud and clear: “Orara Valley are no longer one of the easybeats of the competition.”
After spending two seasons desperately trying to avoid relegation, the Dingoes came out firing in their opening clash of the year, defeating North Coast Football powerhouse Coffs United 3-1.
A large crowd was gathered at ‘Uluru’ to see what the Dingoes could offer after securing a host of off-season signings, including former Lions Todd Bardon and Todd Milne.
From the word go it was obvious that Orara Valley were a greatly improved outfit as they were attacking at every opportunity.
After only five minutes the attack paid off when free kick specialist Richard Yarnson delivered a powerful drive that United ’keeper Josh Wiseman had no hope of catching.
Instead the save went straight to Orara striker Luke Tweedle, who made no mistake and pushed it past the keeper.
With shots going over and wide of the goals, it was a question of when, not if, a second Dingoes goal would come. It did arrive with Milne scoring against his old side.
If anyone thought Coffs would bow down to an easy defeat, they would be proved wrong. Coffs never stopped trying for the 90 minutes and forced Orara keeper Josh Harrigan into a number of saves.
Lions’ midfielder Scott Goddard was constantly asking questions of the Orara defence and teenage striker Reece Shaw was causing headaches as well.
However, once again it would be Orara to add to the scoreline. New signing Evan Williams was on the right sideline and was given far too much time with the ball; enough time to see that Wiseman was off his line and, standing nearly five metres from the touch line, Williams sent a long curling shot right over the ’keeper’s head into the left-hand corner.
The Lions brought the margin back to two goals just before the break when Shaw pounced in clinical style.
Shaw thought he had scored a double in the second half when he slipped the ball under the Orara ’keeper only to see the linesman raise his flag for offside.