Corindi-Red Rock’s Laura Hall takes on the Coffs United defence at Maclean Street.
Corindi-Red Rock’s Laura Hall takes on the Coffs United defence at Maclean Street. BRUCE THOMAS

Lionesses take the cake

WHAT was supposed to be a match that reflected semi-final football quickly turned into a cakewalk as Coffs United slammed home four unanswered goals in the first half to wrap up three valuable points against Corindi-Red Rock.

The Lionesses intensity in the first half was too much for the Breakers to handle and four goals before the break was a just reward.

Coffs’ first goal was a delicately placed left foot strike from Chloe Wighton to finish off a perfectly weighted cross from Nicole McVicar. Shortly after Georgia Burt was tripped in the penalty area giving Wighton a penalty shot and her second for the day.

Their third was courtesy of a Cassie Albert special. She received the ball just outside the left edge of the 18-yard box, took the ball towards the line, cut back and from an acute angle slammed a spectacular right foot shot past the keeper.

Nicki Rayner was then released down the right wing, cut around a swarm of players and calmly but firmly placed the ball into a bulging net.

Coffs maintained their dominance in the second half, although the intensity of the first was absent, resulting in fewer opportunities on goal.

Baija Rooney completed her splendid performance with a bullet-like goal into the top right corner before the final goal came from Nicole McVicar, who was also rewarded for her return to form with a powerful shot into the right side of goal.

RAIDERS

6

STORM

2

“Lucky we had a first-half lead,” were the words of Urunga coach Geoff Thorn after the reigning premiers were well held in the second 45 minutes by a plucky Northern Storm.

The Raiders went into the break holding a comfortable 6-1 lead and the match looked like becoming another cakewalk for Urunga, but the Cyclones and their coach, Darren Honnery, had other ideas.

Elicia Webber was causing headaches for the Urunga defence and had already scored in the first half which just happened to be the first goal that the Raiders had conceded all season.

In the 70th minute Webber was at it again after finding herself on the end of a nice pass before using her pace and guile to beat two defenders before wrong-footing Raiders ’keeper Kelly Archibald to get a goal back for the Storm.

The Cyclones soon had another chance when a nice free kick move between Emma-Jane Manning and Tara Pavel hit the bar.

Urunga then picked up their game for the remainder of the contest but the defence of the Storm held out.

The second half was almost the exact opposite of the first during which Urunga clearly dominated.

Breanna Martin was causing no end of headaches for the Storm as Urunga constantly got in behind the opposition defence to score.

If it weren’t for the efforts of Northern Storm ’keeper Cassie Wakewood the half-time lead could easily have been greater than five goals.

WOMEN’S 1st DIVISION TABLE

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Woolgoolga Wildcats

4

4

-

-

28

1

12

Urunga Raiders

4

4

-

-

24

2

12

Coffs United Lionesses

4

3

-

1

19

2

9

Corindi Red Rock Breakers

4

2

1

1

15

8

7

Sawtell Scorpions

4

1

1

2

2

10

4

Boambee Eagles

4

1

-

3

4

11

3

Northern Storm Cyclones

4

-

-

4

2

20

0

Coffs Coast Tigers

4

-

-

4

0

40

0



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