Northern Storm survived a physical clash with rivals Coffs United claiming a 4-1 victory at Korora.
Northern Storm survived a physical clash with rivals Coffs United claiming a 4-1 victory at Korora. Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advoc

Storm too good as rivalry ignites

NORTH Coast Football's most ferocious rivalry took another turn on Sunday with Northern Storm overpowering Coffs United 4-1 in a heated clash at Korora.

The win sees the Storm extend their lead at the top of the NCF 1st division to four points over the Lions.

So far this season Coffs united have had the wood over northern Storm and it appeared the trend was going to continue when Ben Mackay gave the visitors an early lead.

However instead of losing their composure, Northern Storm lifted and struck back within ten minutes through Jamie Kennedy.

The Storm were intent on proving themselves against the competitions best and shocked the visiting Coffs United faithful hitting the back of the net midway through the first half for a 2-1 lead.

"To go into half time with a 2-1 lead was great for the boy's confidence," Storm coach Jade Porter said.

"When we conceded early no one dropped their head and instead work hard to level the score.

"It gave us a bit of an edge at the break and it went a long way to helping us secure the win."

The second half was not for the faint of heart as it become evident there is still no love lost between the Storm and Lions.

Both sides went into tackles hard and refused to give an inch as the game became a physical midfield battle.

The rising tension exploded mid way through the half when an off the ball incident saw a Coffs United defender red carded.

Things only got worse for Coffs united when referee Jason hillier sent another two Lions players from the field for their second yellow card offence.

With only eight players on the field a comeback was too much for the visitors with Northern Storm removing any doubt about the result scoring twice more to make it 4-1 at the final whistle.

"Last time we played Coffs United the boys were guilty of losing control of the game and their emotions," Porter said.

"Today not only were we disciplined but we kept our cool when perhaps the opposition didn't.

"It puts us in a good position with the finals approaching but it is no excuse to lose focus."

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