Hungry Lions turn on second half power to swamp Bobcats
MACLEAN'S brilliant burst of mid-season form came to a shuddering halt going down 7-0 to a much hungrier Coffs United at Wherrett Park.
If the Bobcats walked away disheartened by the score it would have been a pity as they showed plenty of sparkle.
It was just unfortunate they ran into the Lions on an occasion the visitors were in the mood to play with total clinical precision.
"Credit to our boys, we just stuck to our game plan and hit them on the break," Coffs captain Scott Goddard said.
"Bobcats are running third and you don't get that far if you're not a good side.
"So we knew we were going to come here for a competitive game.
"We've got some boys up front that are all firing pretty well at the moment."
Bobcats held their visitors scoreless for the first 35 minutes.
But the Lions scored immediately before half-time and then in the first minute of the second half to set the agenda for the rest of the meeting.
Maclean skipper Brad Corbett was generous with praise.
"Once they get on a roll they're pretty hard to stop," he said.
"They are a classy side with quality up front."
It was a polished performance by the Lions as their Westfield FFA Cup campaign builds towards the quarter finals at Lake Macquarie on June 20-21.
"It's one of those dare-to-dream opportunities that you don't know when they're going to come around," Goddard said.
"Stepping up against the semi-professional teams will really test us."
North Coast Football premier league
Maclean 0 Coffs United 7
Northern Storm 5 Woolgoolga 3
Grafton 2 Coffs Coast 2
Boambee 1 Sawtell 1
Urunga 2 Orara Valley 0
Points: Raiders 21, Lions 18, Bombers 13, Bobcats 13, Thunder 11, Scorpions 10, Coffs Tigers 7, Dingoes 7, Wolves 3, United 1, Westlawn Tigers 0
Woolgoolga 2 Boambee 2
Coffs United 3 Northern Storm 0
Maclean 3 Grafton 4
Points: Eagles 19, Lionesses 13, Raiders 12, Sirens 11, Wildcats 7, Cyclones 4, Bobcats0