North Coast Footballs triple treat

ALL three North Coast Football teams that played in Saturday’s third round of the Northern NSW knockout Solo Cup have progressed through to the quater finals of the competition.

Coffs United, Woolgoolga and Maclean all recorded impressive wins on Saturday.

The victories have brought a couple of bonuses the club’s way.

Firstly, all three clubs are now guaranteed a minimum amount of $500 in prizemoney which easily covers the $250 entry fee they paid at the start of the season.

Secondly, the quarter finals and semi-finals are all being played at Coffs Harbour’s BCU International Stadium on the weekend of July 10 and 11 which gives them a handy home-ground advantage.

Maclean has been undefeated all season but they faced a tough task against Goonellabah who was also undefeated in the Football Far North Coast (FFNC) competition.

The Bobcats ensured that they can lay claim to being the best team on the North Coast courtesy of a 2-0 victory over the Hornets.

After 25 minutes a ball deep into the box fell to Jesse Browning on the point of the penalty area and his shot floated inside the far post to give the Bobcats the lead.

The game ebbed and flowed for a period after that before a sweeping Bobcat move released former Goonellabah winger Brodon Hirst and his switch to another former Hornet favourite in Jarrad Doyle to stab home a second for the Bobcats was as ironic as it was hurtful for the FFNC front runners.

Woolgoolga’s Mark Coster scored a double against Byron Bay but it was probably the diminutive Navrin Deane who was the best player on the park for the Wolves.

It was Deane who found Coster for the opening goal before scoring himself just before half time to double the Woolgoolga lead.

Wolves goalkeeper Alex Byrne made a stunning save during this period to ensure a clean sheet.

Woolgoolga wrapped up the win when midfielder Jesse Hinds read the play beautifully to intercept a Byron Bay through ball before beating several defenders and serving the ball up to Coster who made no mistake from close range.

Coffs United showed they’re still a force in Northern NSW despite a mixed start to the season when they defeated Oxley Vale Attunga in Tamworth.

While the 2-1 victory was newsworthy enough it was the return of Ben Mackay for the Lions that had most football followers talking over the weekend.

Mackay managed to find his way onto the score sheet as well.

The three teams will not know who their quarter-final opponents are until the Southern Pool rounds are played over the course of the course of the next four weeks.

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