Coffs United striker Ben Mackay challenges with Storm keeper Mitch Weeden for the ball.
Coffs United striker Ben Mackay challenges with Storm keeper Mitch Weeden for the ball. Rob Wright

NCF Grand Final by the clock

COFFS United has shown they are still the top dogs of football on the North Coast securing the NCF Men's first division title with a hard fought 3-2 victory against Northern Storm.

It is the Lions third consecutive title equalling a club record.

Northern Storm will be devastated with the result considering they came so close to pulling off an incredible victory.

Fans witnessed a match which will go down as one of the greatest games in Men's first division history.

Here is how it all unfolded at BCU International Stadium

4th Minute: Incredible diving save from Coffs United keeper Josh Wiseman denies Northern Storm striker Dylan Loudon from pin point range.

15th Minute: Referee Bruce Mackie shows he will not stand for any questionable tackles giving the Storm's Lee Winkler a yellow card.

17th Minute: Storm captain Nathan Skinner is the next player to go into the book receiving yellow for a two footed lunge.

25th Minute:  Coffs United take the lead through Nathan Silvy on the back of some skilful lead up play from Nick Lambert. Lambert juggles the ball past two defenders and lays the ball off for Silvy who hits the net with a sublime finish.

26th Minute: Northern Storm respond with a goal of its own literally seconds after the restart. Lions Keeper Wiseman fumbles a textbook long ball box before Storm striker Dylan Loudon takes full advantage of the situation poking the ball into the back of the net.

30th Minute: Coffs United refuse to sit back and defend after conceding pushing forward with intent.

33rd Minute: The Lions attacking pressure has paid dividends with Ben Mackay giving his side the lead once again. Mackay coolly finished a looping pass from brother Sam Mackey past Storm keeper Mitchell Weeden taking the score to 2-1.

35th Minute: Storm keeper Weeden was called into action once again easily saving a volley from Ben Mackay.

36th Minute: Lions Winger Time Higgins is hacked down outside the box by a clumsy (storm 3) tackle. Nathan Silvy's free kick from 25 out is hit way too hard sailing well over the bar.

40th Minute: Storm striker Brandon Myers is taken from the field for medical attention following a physical challenge from a Coffs United defender.

45th Minute: Storm midfielder Jamie Kennedy launches an audacious shot from 25 metres out however it misses the target. Coffs United goes into halftime leading 2-1.

SECOND HALF

47th Minute: Storm win a corner not long after the restart but shot stopper Wiseman is more than capable of diffusing the situation.

57th Minute: A Jamie Kennedy goal has seen Northern storm return to level pegging with Coffs United at 2-2. A ghosting run to the far post allowed Kennedy to head home unchallenged.

58th Minute: Riley Dillon goes close to giving the storm an unexpected lead, beating two players on a mazy run before his shot was saved by Wiseman.

61st Minute: Josh Wiseman called on to defuse a dangerous Storm attack. The gloveman slides in to stop Loudon in his tracks

67th Minute: Storm's Loudon receives yellow for a late tackle on Coffs Aaren Allsopp.

70thMinute: Storm captain Nathan Skinner breaks up a deadly Coffs United cross preventing what would've been a sure goal.

75th Minute: Coffs United coach Mike Smith brings Midfielder Anthony Wiseman on for Aaren Allsopp

76th Minute: A bizarre brain snap from Coff's Ben Mackay sees him push Storm target man Brandon Myers to the ground after winning a free Kick. Referee Mackie has no hesitation in sending the Lions talisman for an early shower brandishing a red card.

79th Minute: Loudon fails to capitalise from only six yards out miss hitting his shot directly into the arms of the Coffs goal keeper.

83rd Minute: With his side a man down and fatigue starting to really take its toll, Lions coach Smith looks to his bench bringing Will Bailey on for Tim Higgins.

87th Minute: Northern Storm controls all the momentum and continues to dominate proceedings.

90th Minute: Josh Wiseman is keeping the Lions in the game making two clutch saves at the death.

90th Minute: At the final whistle both Northern Storm and Coffs United remained locked at 2-2. 30 minutes of extra time await.

EXTRA TIME FIRST HALF

95th minute: Despite playing a man down, Coffs United take a surprise 3-2 lead courtesy of Sam MacKay. Storm Keeper Weeden pays too much attention to the incoming striker and miss reads the curve of the ball as it beats him and hits the back of the net.

100th Minute: an incredible run from Scott Goddard shuts down a dangerous Riley Dillon dribble.

105th minute: Josh Wiseman is the hero once again with another set of clutch saves.

EXTRA TIME SECOND HALF

106th Minute: Will Bailey's volley from just inside the 18 yard box goes wide failing to challenge the net minder.

110th Minute: Nathan Silvy wins a free kick just inside the corner flag. Storm keeper Weeden easily saves the corresponding free Kick

114thMinute: Battling with cramp, Nathan Silvy is substituted for Chris Dooley.

117thMinute: Northern Storm push ahead desperate for an equaliser. However Coffs Lions are content to clear the ball down field anytime they are in possession.

120th Minute: A last ditch Storm shot sails wide as the final whistle sounds. Over two hours of built up tension explodes with a scuffle between the two sides however it is quickly settled. Coffs United celebrate with their fans as a valiant Northern Storm contemplate what could have been.



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