GLOVEMAN: Coffs City United Lions goalkeeper Felix throws the ball out during the major semi final against the Boambee Bombers on Sunday.
GLOVEMAN: Coffs City United Lions goalkeeper Felix throws the ball out during the major semi final against the Boambee Bombers on Sunday. Sam Flanagan

PHOTOS: Bombers and Lions collide in huge major semi final

he Boambee Bombers have one hand on the 2019 premiership after taking care of business in their major semi final clash with the Coffs City United Lions on Sunday. The 3-0 win at Ayrshire Park puts them in the box seat to defend their crown, as they now have a week off before the grand final. The Bombers have beaten the Lions in all five meetings between the pair this season, though despite this outstanding record coach Jon Fergusson said they never overlooked their arch rivals.  "Because of previous results this year we were confident we would play well, but we certainly didn't look past them," Fergusson said.  "They had four players in the team of the year and they always put out a side with quality players and play good football. "We respect them and their abilities but we just worry about us and what we have to do."  The Lions will now take on the Woolgoolga Wolves this weekend to try and keep their season alive. Fergusson will be a keen spectator at the game.  "We don't have a preference on who we want to play in the grand final," he said.  "I think for the Lions to have a home game is important for them but Woolgoolga will be full of positivity and buoyed after their win against the Thunder.  "They also just beat the Lions 3-1 a few weeks ago so will know they're a great chance.  "I think I'll go with the home team but it wouldn't surprise me either way." In other North Coast Football finals fixtures on the weekend Coffs Coast Tigers kept their 2019 reserve grade campaign alive in dramatic fashion with a thrilling penalty shootout victory over the Thunder. The Tigers were down by two penalties before they came roaring back to win it 6-5. In the other match the Lions' reserve grade team beat the Bombers to advance to the grand final.    In the Women's Premiers League the Boambee Eagles also sealed their path to this year's decider after picking apart the Urunga Raiders 4-1.  The Raiders will now take on the Coffs City United Lionesses in the preliminary final this Saturday after United beat the Woolgoolga Wildcats 2-0 in the minor semi final.  The Eagles' reserve grade team is also through to the final game of the season after edging Woolgoolga 2-1.

Below are some photos from the match: