Raiders and Lions forced to share points

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT -

NO quar­ter has ever been given by ei­ther side when Urunga and Coffs United meet and the same ap­plied on Sun­day.

Urunga coach Craig Simpson ad­mit­ted the 1-all draw at the Cab­bage Patch “wasn’t the pret­ti­est of games” but he said there was cer­tainly the usual in­ten­sity from both sides.

“The skill lev­els were down but the only thing that made sure it was a draw was there was a lot of ticker shown by both sides,” he said.

Simpson opened the scor­ing on the half hour when he con­verted from the penalty spot.

Just as the Raiders thought they may be able to hold on to their one-goal ad­van­tage for the re­main­der of the half, a new player direct from Spain Alik San­ti­ago equalised for the Lions af­ter pounc­ing on a loose ball at the top of the keeper’s area.

Nei­ther side was able to take full ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated in the sec­ond half.

Boam­bee is the only team to col­lect six points from the open­ing two matches.

The Bombers were dan­ger­ous in front of goal and pos­si­bly could’ve scored more than the seven goals it did against Grafton United with some more clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing.

Last year’s run­ner-up has now scored 11 goals in two matches in an omi­nous sign for the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The North­ern Storm is the only side with­out a point af­ter the loss to Ma­clean.

The bat­tle of the two Tigers teams fur­ther showed the im­prove­ment over sum­mer from the West­lawn Tigers as they held on for a 1-all draw.

Photo: Brad Green­shields

CLEAR RUN: Coffs United cap­tain Scott God­dard runs into at­tack dur­ing Sun­day’s draw at Urunga.

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