Raiders and Lions forced to share points
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.
CLEAR RUN: Coffs United captain Scott Goddard runs into attack during Sunday’s draw at Urunga.