Boambee Eagles celebrate after securing a finals berth on Saturday.
Boambee Eagles celebrate after securing a finals berth on Saturday.

Raiders off-target

WOOLGOOLGA kept hopes of a top-two finish alive with a 1-0 victory against Urunga on Saturday.

The win by the Wildcats has pundits again thinking that it’s a three-horse race for the title.

It was midway through the first half when the Wildcats were awarded a corner which was taken by Ashli Deane.

The ball curled deceptively toward the Urunga keeper, who managed to get a touch but the ball continued toward the far post and crossed the line before it could be cleared by the Raiders sweeper.

The linesman was in good position and the goal was awarded to Woolgoolga despite protests from the Raiders’ players.

The second half played out in a similar way to the first with both teams creating a number of scoring opportunities.

As time began to run out Urunga stepped up a gear and infiltrated the Wildcats half.

Woolgoolga found themselves scrambling in defence while the home crowd were looking anxiously at their watches.

Urunga’s best chance came when the Woolgoolga keeper took a number of grabs at a looping shot. The Raiders felt they had scored and the same linesman was again called on deeming that the ball failed to cross the line.

A flurry of shots by the Raiders in the dying stages of the game were off target, leaving the score 1-0 to Woolgoolga at the final whistle.

LIONESSES 1 SCORPIONS 1 

IT wasn’t the most convincing performance that Coffs United has produced this season but it was enough for the Lionessess to move to the outright lead on the women’s 1st Division table.

The Lionesses abilty to score goals this year has been undeniable but on Saturday the radar was off target.

Most of the encounter saw the Scorpions defending stoutly but try as they might the Lionesses simply couldn’t score.

In an ironic twist Sawtell took the lead with the first shot on goal. Proving the old adage that shots don’t count, goals do. A total of 12 corners to nil didn’t help the United cause either.

Eventually the dam wall burst and Coffs United managed to grab an equaliser.

BREAKERS 4 STORM 1 

THE ability to convert chances in front of goal proved the fifference between Corindi-Red Rock and Northern Storm on Saturday.

The inexperienced Storm line-up couldn’t put the finishing touches on promising forward thrusts while the Breakers were good enough to score two goals before half time to take control of the fixture.

After the break the Storm scored to halve the lead and this seemed to stun the Corindi girls who then got back to business with some good passing and tough play with Kaneshia Warren usually involved.

Cassie Wakewood was at her normal best in goals for the Storm and the battle between Emma-Jane Manning and Warren was heating up, as is usually the case.

Disaster for the Storms came after Wakewood kicked out from goal and a misguided attempted back heel fell to the Corindi strikers who, through numbers, scored a third goal to secure the three points.

The Storm have a chance to record their first win of the season this weekend when they face the Coffs Coast Tigers. The loser of this fixture will be handed the wooden spoon for 2010.

EAGLES 6 TIGERS 0 

BOAMBEE are about to play finals football for the first time in four years.

The Eagles confirmed a fourth-place finish on Saturday by defeating Coffs Coast Tigers 6-0.

Kylie McDonald was again outstanding for Boambee scoring four goals while the others were scored by Klaryse Dam and Sheridan Watkins.

WOMEN’S 1st DIVISION TABLE

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Coffs United Lionesses

13

10

2

1

57

11

32

Urunga Raiders

13

10

1

2

60

8

31

Woolgoolga Wildcats

13

10

-

3

59

21

30

Boambee Eagles

13

8

-

5

30

20

24

Corindi Red Rock Breakers

13

6

1

6

33

28

19

Sawtell Scorpions

13

4

2

7

20

27

14

Coffs Coast Tigers

13

1

-

12

2

81

3

Northern Storm

13

-

-

13

7

72

0



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