A RESILIENT defence installed Urunga as one of the main contenders for this year's NCF Premier League title after playing out a 0-all draw against reigning title holder Coffs United in a game worthy of being in a final.

Tensions were high early on as a melee broke out that resulted with the Raiders playing the majority of the match with 10 men.

United on the other hand still had the majority of the chances but were wasteful in front of goal on countless occasions.

United striker, Scott Taylor controlled their attack and often found himself in space to score while Nick Lambert assumed a constant threat in the middle of the park and on the wing.   

Raiders coach, Paul Pomroy thought his team had an excellent game and singled out their defence as one of the league's best so far in the season.

However, with the Raiders on the backfoot during the majority of the game, they had little choice but to create space on the wings and attack from out wide.

"Im really pleased with this effort from the lads," Pomroy said.

"The defence was solid and we contained their attack really well. Considering we lost one of our guys early in the first half, I think we did really well under the circumstances.  

"Any points against United is a given, and I think we can take a lot of positives away from this going into next week's game against Sawtell.

"We worked the wing a lot, which was good to see, but had a few issues driving the attack up the middle due to the loss of one of our guys."

The Raiders travel to Toormina next week where they'll try to continue with their form against Sawtell.

NCF Premier League ROUND 8 Results:
Northern Storm def Maclean Bobcats 4-1
Urunga drew with Coffs United 0-all
Coffs Tigers def Orara Valley 2-1
Woolgoolga drew with Sawtell 1-all
Westlawn Tigers def Boambee 1-0



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