Raiders defeat Coffs United
COFFS United’s charge toward the finals hit a speed bump on Sunday as Urunga proved their mettle in a 2-1 win that was the culmination of the club’s annual family day.
Both the Raiders and Lions opened their scoring at the start of each half.
Urunga were off to a dream start when they found themselves up by a goal only two minutes into the highly anticipated clash.
Grant Homes threaded his way through the Lions defenders along the right flank, past several lunging tackles before placing a perfectly weighted cross into the box for Mitch Tutt to casually stroke in.
While the Lions’ usual suspects of Sam Mackay, Anthony Wiseman and the returning talisman Ben Mackay were prominent, the Raiders – mainly through the tenacious defence of Arlen Horton – were able to hold their advantage until the half-time break.
However, not long after the resumption Coffs United were able to restore parity when Nick Lambert rose above the pack as he does so often to nod in a Ben Mackay cross.
The match tipped in the home side’s favour on 71 minutes after Jai Waddick took control of a ball outside the Lions’ penalty area.
He weaved around two opponents before firing a cross past the Lions’ goal.
As luck would have it Ben Dooley got on the end of the pass and thumped it with laser-like precision past Lions ’keeper Josh Wiseman to put the Raiders back in front 2-1.
With one hand on a top-four position at the half-way stage, the Raiders defended grimly for the remainder of the match as the Lions desperately searched for an equaliser that was not to eventuate.