CLOSE CALL: Grafton United’s Dylan Adamson (left) in the closer than expected meeting with arch rival Maclean. Debrah Novak
CLOSE CALL: Grafton United’s Dylan Adamson (left) in the closer than expected meeting with arch rival Maclean. Debrah Novak

Premier league goes true to form

NORTH Coast Football was again an upset free zone with the reduced number of round seven matches all ending according to the script.

Boambee Eagles went on their merry way in women's premier league by slotting home five goals against Northern Storm Cyclones while the unexpected marquee match from the men's league was played out at Rushforth Park.

Perhaps fourth-placed Maclean was suffering a hangover from a midweek engagement or winless Grafton showed they are truly getting the hang of things.

Whatever the situation and given it was a local derby, the Bobcats' 2-0 margin against United was a lot closer than a team with growing finals aspirations would feel comfortable with.

What would have been a blinder of a match - the meeting of Coffs United and Boambee - was held over after some talk of playing it on Sunday night was scuppered.

Lions boss Mike Smith is preparing for another Wednesday night away from the television for whenever the match is scheduled but it doesn't appear to worry him.

"Much easier to motivate the lads with some one-on-one contact rather than running around in the cold at training," he said.

The Westfield FFA Cup win against Alstonville will also see more complications to the schedule with the team to play in the qualifying weekend at the Lake Macquarie stadium on June 20-21.

That weekend, Coffs is pencilled into the Saturday 5pm time slot against the Dingoes at Upper Orara.

 

Premier League

Men

Woolgoolga 0 Coffs Coast 2

Northern Storm 1 Orara Valley 1

Grafton United 1 Maclean 3

Westlawn 1 Urunga 6

Coffs United v Boambee deferred

Sawtell bye

Women

Maclean 2 Coffs United 4

Urunga v Woolgoolga tba

Northern Storm 0 Boambee 5



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