Lions are minor premiers
THE wash-up from another exciting round of matches is that Coffs United has secured the minor premiership, Boambee and Orara Valley are assured of playing in the finals, while Woolgoolga and Northern Storm look set to battle it out to avoid finishing in last position.
Coffs United claimed a 3-1 victory in its top-of-the-table clash against Urunga.
The Lions edged ahead in an entertaining clash close to half-time after converting a penalty that nobody appealed for, yet the linesman saw.
Goals to Scott Goddard and Nick Lambert sealed the three points and the minor premiership for the Lions but the drama for the match was only just about to begin.
Ben Mackay will be spending this week on the sidelines courtesy of a red card issued after Mackay crashed into Urunga’s Ben Dooley. Dooley might also be spending some time on the sidelines after being taken from the field in an ambulance.
The Raiders took advantage of having an extra man on the pitch when Mitch Tutt fired in a cross to the far post for Nick Orr to nod in a consolation goal.
Coffs Coast Tigers needed a win against Orara Valley to keep their chances of playing in the semi-finals alive but found the Dingoes midfield too slick to overcome. Evan Williams scored twice for Orara, while Daniel Keam provided plenty of drive.
The Tigers had several opportunities but couldn’t convert the chances into goals.
Boambee had no such trouble finding the back of the net.
Wade Parker was like salt and pepper during the first half for the Bombers, as he was in everything.
Boambee took advantage of Parker’s display and scored a comfortable 5-2 win against a Woolgoolga team that needs to find a way to secure some points in the final fortnight of the season to climb off the bottom of the table.
A second-half penalty was all that separated Westlawn and Northern Storm, with the Tigers grabbing the points when James Connor converted from the spot.
Westlawn coach Robert Usher was thrilled that his team had been able to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since entering the top-flight competition.
He was also full of praise for the Westlawn defenders.
“The backs gave Storm only one half-chance in the first half and were able to repel all pressure in the second,” Usher said.
“Matt Cheney and Adam Bancroft were particularly strong.”
Seven yellow cards were issued for the match.
Sawtell will be rueing all summer the fact that its improved form started too late.
If the Scorpions started getting wins a month earlier they might have been able to sneak into the top four.
Sawtell overcame a plucky Maclean 2-1 on Saturday night.