Young guns test mighty Bombers
BOAMBEE has entrenched itself in the top four of North Coast Football’s top flight competition courtesy of a 2-0 win over Coffs City United at Maclean Street on Saturday.
Fielding an inexperienced line-up that boasted three players aged under 17, the Lions took the contest right up to the high flying Bombers which pleased Lions’ coach Danny Milliken who has shown his strong commitment to playing young players with technical ability and application to give them the opportunity to gain valuable 1st Division experience.
There were no goals in the opening half as the competition’s leading goalkeepers showed off their skills.
Boambee’s Jake Stitt and Coffs United’s Josh Wiseman set a high standard each week for other ’keepers to try and reach but it’s a standard that few could possibly get to.
Wiseman was also getting good help in stopping Boambee’s strikeforce duo of Wade and Brady Parker from defenders Peter Bayndrian and Mike Swarbrick.
Stitt was being kept busy himself with Nick Lambert and Nathan Silvy posing a constant threat.
It was well into the second half when the Bombers took the lead after a rare Wiseman error gifted Boambee the first goal.
Not long after Brady Parker found himself unmarked and whacked a first time strike that snuck inside the near post.
The Bombers were now up by two and looking likely to add more.
To their credit the Lions defence held fast and the game ended at this score line.
Overall a result and points for Boambee but not the run-away win predicted by some judges.
Teenager Tom Horville was given plenty of plaudits for his performance at the back for Coffs United which gives Milliken confidence that results will begin to turn for the Lions sooner rather than later.