Chris Dooley terrorised the Coffs Tigers defence in Coffs United's 4-0 win at Polwarth Dr.
Chris Dooley terrorised the Coffs Tigers defence in Coffs United's 4-0 win at Polwarth Dr. Nick Houghon

Lions claim comprehensive derby win

COFFS United has returned to its winning ways with a comprehensive 4-0 win over traditional rivals Coffs Coast at Polwarth Dr.

A brace from Ben Mackay has helped the Lions easily account for the Tigers in a game the visitors controlled from the outset.

A young Coffs United side was too quick across the park for Coffs Tigers with the speed of striker Chris Dooley creating chance after chance.

The visitors took the lead after ten minutes when Mackay volleyed home from the penalty spot following a great cross from Dooley.

Mackay turned provider only moments later with a deft flick allowing Dooley to beat the keeper one on one.

The game was all but wrapped up before the half time break when Mackay scored his second of the match once again from a sublime Dooley cross to make it 3-0.

"After last week's tough result we knew we had to get off to a good start and i think we did that tonight," Coffs United defender Mike Swarbrick said.

"The combination of Ben (Mackay) and Chris (Dooley) worked wonders and it was great to go into the break with such a big lead.

"We knew they play a high line with a flat back four so we looked to target that and it really worked out.

"Despite having a few players out all the young guys that came in did a great job and it goes to show how much depth we have at the club."

Coffs United returned to the field following the break looking for more goals and a marauding run followed by a clinical finish from Scott Goddard delivered exactly that to give the lions a 4-0 lead.

The Tigers had a number of half chances to score as the second half progressed but never truly threatened.

The final whistle couldn't come quick enough for the home side.

It was a disappointing result for Coffs Tigers who had promised so much leading into the match.

"It was one of our worst performances of the year," Tigers coach Curt Dixon said.

"We struggled to hold onto the ball and they took their chances.

"At training we will have to take a look at things so we can finish the season off on a high note."



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