Men’s soccer at Maclean St oval, Coffs United v Woopi.
Men’s soccer at Maclean St oval, Coffs United v Woopi. BRUCE THOMAS

Lions leaping up ladder

COFFS United have more of a chance of making the finals than the Socceroos after an emphatic win against Woolgoolga.

The Lions claimed a 3-0 victory and if they can win tomorrow night against Northern Storm at the BCU International Stadium, the North Coast Football powerhouse will jump up to third position after a slow start to the season.

On a cold and windy afternoon at “the Den” it was a chance for the Lions to jump a couple of spots on the table.

The Wolves were strengthened by the return of their veteran Brad Vines into the midfield and looked the goods for an away win in the first 20 minutes.

In the 27th minute though, first blood was drawn by the young Lions outfit when a penetrating run by captain Sam Mackay down the right ended in a save by keeper Alex Byrne only to be followed up by the pint-sized Anthony Wiseman.

Soon afterwards a floated cross by young Mark Ifrah found Wiseman lurking at the back post to neatly volley past the Wolves’ keeper for his second of the day.

The second half started much the same way as the first, as Coffs tried to extend their lead.

Had it not been for Byrne in goal, the score might have been greater. He continually denied the forwards of Ben Mackay and Nick Lambert and pulled off a great save to deny Wiseman his hat-trick.

His efforts were not good enough to stop Nick Lambert heading a goal from the six-yard line after a great run and cross from Sam Mackay late in the second half.

TIGERS

3

DINGOES

0

ORARA Valley’s hopes of securing a top-four berth for the first time in the club’s 1st Division history were thwarted within an hour on Saturday evening when the attacking flair of the Coffs Coast Tigers proved too much for the Dingoes to handle.

Precise passing from the Tigers ensured that the ball spent the majority of the contest inside Orara’s half and the pressure proved too much as Coffs Coast cruised to a solid 3-0 win that pleased coach Leo Baumgartner.

Reece Lamrock was playing an important role in the centre of the park which allowed Trent Lakeman many chances to attack down the left flank and it was through one of his attacking raids that the Tigers drew first blood from the Dingoes.

Lakeman made a precise wall pass off Kodjo and switched the point of attack to the opposite side of the park where Rhys Lamrock played Markis Nebo a pass into the Dingoes’ penalty area. Nebo, still with plenty to do, beat two defenders and slotted a well-placed shot into the side netting in the 20th minute.

The Dingoes trio of Richard Yarnton, Josh Brown and the creative Evan Williams were at the heart of the Dingoes’ push for an equaliser though Tigers keeper Jake Mahoney was rarely troubled as the Tigers were much calmer and more decisive in defence to thwart any Dingoes advances.

Ten minutes from half-time and the Orara defence was again unlocked by Luke Stow and Trent Lakeman to play Kodjo Adjassoo in behind a stranded Kurt Daley. Adjassoo made no mistake and the Tigers went to the break with a comfortable two-goal lead.

Baumgartner’s half-time talk focused on attention to detail from his troops and the importance of keeping a clean sheet.

In the early periods of the second stanza the Tigers simply pushed the ball into the corners of the Dingoes half continually turning the Orara defence around.

Otis Barney was distributing the ball well and his physical presence on the ball was frustrating the Orara side. It was Barney who scored the Tigers’ third goal when he broke free of two or three would-be tacklers in the Dingoes’ third of the field. He then placed a shot across Dingoes’ keeper into the bottom corner of the far post.

BOMBERS

11

BREAKERS

0

BOAMBEE are in exceptionally good shape after thumping cellar-dwellers Yamba 11-0 on Saturday.

The Bombers sit in second position only one win behind reigning premier Maclean, but have a superior goal

difference from everyone in the competition.

This Sunday’s clash at Ayrshire Park against Maclean is one that everyone has been looking forward to and a win for the Bombers would move them to the top of the table at the half-way mark of the season.

MEN’S 1st DIVISION TABLE

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Maclean Bobcats

8

7

1

-

30

7

22

Boambee Bombers

8

6

1

1

39

9

19

Coffs Coast Tigers

8

4

2

2

23

15

14

Urunga Raiders

8

4

2

2

18

13

14

Coffs United Lions

7

4

-

3

17

9

12

Orara Valley Dingoes

8

3

1

4

12

16

10

Woolgoolga Wolves

8

3

-

5

21

23

9

Northern Storm Thunder

7

2

2

3

17

18

8

Sawtell Scorpions

8

1

-

7

16

33

3

Yamba Breakers

8

-

1

7

4

54

1



Another NBN service fined for ‘misleading’ users

premium_icon Another NBN service fined for ‘misleading’ users

Another NBN provider has been fined for misleading customers

New works scheduled for Coffs Harbour boat ramp

premium_icon New works scheduled for Coffs Harbour boat ramp

Matters up for discussion at Coffs Harbour City Council meeting.

'Ashamed to be Australian': Protesters rally in Coffs

premium_icon 'Ashamed to be Australian': Protesters rally in Coffs

Protesters slam controversial asylum seeker policy in Coffs.

Local Partners