THEY MEET AGAIN: Coffs United will again be the favourite to progress through to the grand final but, like last year, must try to overcome a determined Boambee over two legs to do so. GEMIMA HARVEY
THEY MEET AGAIN: Coffs United will again be the favourite to progress through to the grand final but, like last year, must try to overcome a determined Boambee over two legs to do so. GEMIMA HARVEY

Goal to go all the way

THEY say lightning never strikes twice in the same place and it's a myth Coffs United is hoping rings true.

A year ago the Lions faced Boambee over two legs in the semi-finals and went down in one of the biggest upsets in North Coast Football history.

This weekend the same scenario is on again as the first leg of the men's premier league semi-finals kick off.

And Coffs United is hell-bent on ensuring the upset loss doesn't happen again and getting back to the grand final stage, a place it believes it naturally belongs.

On its day, Boambee can beat all of the others and it has the game to upset Coffs United.

The two sides have had two recent meetings, with an FFA Cup clash and a midweek hit out. The Lions got the points but there wasn't much in it. The FFA Cup went to penalties and just the solitary goal decided their competition match at Polwarth Dr.

Then there was last year's enormous performance over two legs and the fact Coffs United is without several players through injury as well as the suspended Martin Kelleher.

Last year most people assumed the Lions would clean Boambee up but this year no one would predict that.

The Lions are still favourites but it won't be easy.

In the minor premiers' favour is the fact that last year's result means there is zero chance of any complacency creeping into the players' psyche plus the confidence that comes from a strong performance in last week's top-of-the-table clash against Urunga.

Urunga and Sawtell will renew acquaintances in the semis after meeting at the same stage 12 months ago.

The Raiders have had the wood over Sawtell this year with two 3-0 victories.

Last year's series between these two was a lot closer than many imagined.

Surely the Scorpions will be concentrating on not conceding early. If they achieve that, anything could happen.

SEMI-FINALS - First LEG

Men's Premier League

Today

5pm: Sawtell v Urunga at Toormina Oval

Tomorrow

2pm: Boambee v Coffs United at Ayrshire Park

Women's Premier League

Today

3pm: Woolgoolga v Boambee at Clive Joass Memorial Fields

3pm: Urunga v Coffs United at The Cabbage Patch



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