Battle for semi-final berths heating up

PREMIER League's top men's pair, Coffs United and Urunga, remain at the head of the table after mid-week wins.

The Lions came from behind to defeat Boambee 5-3 while the Raiders had their hands full with Sawtell before eventually getting home 3-0.

The battle of the Tiger clubs went 1-0 to Coffs Coast over Westlawn but that match has no bearing on the make-up of the play-offs.

In women's premier league, Boambee stunned premiership aspirant Woolgoolga 5-0.

This weekend, Urunga has arguably the easiest mission of the big two and should handle the Dingoes but in the case of Coffs United, it's a little more difficult to predict with Maclean fighting for a place in the last quartet.

CLASH: Today’s meeting between Boambee and Scorpions takes on huge significance for the semis make-up.
CLASH: Today’s meeting between Boambee and Scorpions takes on huge significance for the semis make-up. Leigh Jensen

There shouldn't be too many problems facing the Lionesses and Eagles when they face their challengers later today.

The men hold the spotlight today with the battle for third and fourth between Sawtell, Maclean, Northern Storm and Boambee.

Predicting who will do what is difficult on form.

Sawtell and Boambee have dropped points recently while Maclean and Northern Storm have been steadily gaining ground.

Northern Storm looks to have the best run home, although their last two games are against the Lions away and Scorpions at home.

That last game could actually be for a berth.

Of the games Northern Storm have left, three are against teams lower than themselves - Woolgoolga, Orara Valley and Grafton United - and that gives them a distinct advantage over rivals for that fourth spot.

Their other advantage is they are the only team in the running to have used up their bye rounds, so there are lots of points available to them.

Boambee may be in pole position despite that loss to the Lions on Wednesday.

The Bombers still have five matches to play made up of Sawtell away, the Lions for a second time midweek, Maclean at home and Coffs Coast at home.

They also have a catch-up game against Woolgoolga which has not yet been scheduled.

Meanwhile, junior footballers had a great time in the holidays and may not be pleased school is spoiling their fun.

North Coast Football's technical director Gary McGinnis and his team of coaches took four groups of players and ran them ragged.

NCF PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES
Women
Today
2pm: Coffs United v Urunga at McLean Street
3pm: Boambee v Grafton United at Ayrshire Park
3pm: Northern Storm v Maclean at Korora
Bye: Woolgoolga

Men
Today
3pm: Woolgoolga v Northern Storm at Clive Joass Memorial Park
3pm: Coffs United v Maclean at McLean Street
5pm: Coffs Coast Tigers v Grafton United at Polwarth Drive Lair
5pm: Sawtell v Boambee at Toormina Oval
5pm: Orara Valley v Urunga at Upper Orara
Bye: Westlawn



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