A fitting season finale for leaders of the pack
THEY'VE been the two leading clubs in Mens Premier League throughout the season and now Coffs United and Urunga are due to meet on Saturday night in the grand final.
To get there, Urunga defeated Boambee 3-1 but there were some nervous moments for the Raiders.
The one-goal lead Urunga earnt in the first leg of the semi-final disappeared when Christian Penny got the decisive touch after a long throw eluded all defensive attempts to clear.
The Raiders levelled just after the break when Luke France got on the end of a long ball from Joe Petite.
Two quick goals to the Raiders in the final 10 minutes courtesy of France again and Ben Dooley ensured the grand final berth was theirs.
Coffs United started its second leg match against the Coffs Coast Tigers needing two goals to win and within the opening half hour Deng Mayak ensured the Lions had those goals, with two good finishes following some decent lead-up play from Scott Goddard, Nick Lambert and Caleb Lokpo.
United went into the sheds leading 2-0, and the Tigers knew that a goal would mean the scores were level on aggregate and the Tigers would progress due to the away-goal rule.
The Tigers came out hard in the second half and started to play some good football.
A few half chances were missed and although the Tigers continually applied pressure, the Lions survived.
Tigers coach Jason Snell said he knew his team was only one piece of luck or good shot on goal away from playing in the grand final.
"We were right in it until the end, one goal, it's all it would have taken," Snell said.
"We knew it was going to be difficult but we've been in good form and Coffs came out after last week's shock and they knew they had to play harder and put more effort in and they did that."
Knowing the Raiders will be its opponent in the season decider, Coffs United coach Glen Williams said training this week would focus on Urunga and their weaknesses.
"To Snowy's (Peter Snow, Urunga) credit he has had a couple of tricks up his sleeve against us this year, so hopefully this week we'll have a couple of training sessions and be ready for them come Saturday," Williams said.
Maclean progressed in the Women's Premier League despite a 0-0 draw against a resilient Woolgoolga.
Last week's narrow 1-0 win to Maclean meant they go through on aggregate.
Both sides were set up to defend but it was Maclean that got the result it needed, although probably not in the way they would have liked.
Boambee will meet Maclean in the grand final after winning its match against Urunga 2-0.
Urunga did well to contain Boambee's attack for most of the game but ultimately the Eagles were too strong.
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL
Semi-finals - Leg 2
Mens Premier League
Urunga def Boambee 3-1
Urunga win 5-2 aggregate
Coffs United def Coffs Coast Tigers 2-0
Coffs United win 2-1 aggregate
Womens Premier League
Maclean drew with Urunga 0-0
Maclean win 1-0 aggregate
Boambee def Urunga 2-0
Boambee win 4-1 aggregate