Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Another Draw for the Comp Heavyweights

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Another Draw for the Comp Heavyweights

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LIONESSES-2 RAIDERS-2

COFFS United and Urunga have played out another thrilling draw to show that there's still very little separating these two teams.

These two teams twice had draws last year when they faced each other as they vied for Women's 1st Division supremacy and Saturday's contest was just as big an arm wrestle.

Lauren Green and Tijarra Francis scored either side of half-time to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead and Urunga were being well served by Breanna Martin, Rachel Freeman and Cassia McGlashan.

When the Lionesses equalised after drawing out the 'keeper, there was still more than 20 minutes remaining to ensure a tense finish.

The high standard of play suggests that these two will once again be difficult to topple.

WILDCATS-13 TIGERS-1

IF THERE'S one team capable of knocking off either Urunga or Coffs United it surely must be Woolgoolga.

The Wildcats oozed class as they swept past a stunned Coffs Coast to put an incredible 13 goals in the back of the net.

While the usual suspects came to the fore for Woolgoolga the real star of the show was teenage sensation Jasmine Courtenay.

Courtenay has been scoring goals this season like it is going out of fashion and she was doing it again on Saturday.

The Wildcats now sit alone at the top of the table with three wins from their three matches.

EAGLES-1 SCORPIONS-1

FROM the kick off Boambee attacked strongly and had their first attacking chance within 30 seconds of the commencement only to be thwarted by solid defence from the Sawtell backline.

This was to become the story of the entire game.

The Eagles created three or four genuine chances in the first half only to have their hopes dashed by the Sawtell keeper Shar Valentine who put in a heroic performance to keep the score to nil-all at half-time.

Early in the second half a through ball from the midfield sent striker Jess Barrett on a run which culminated in a well-placed shot that only just beat the diving keeper to put Boambee up.

Ten minutes later Sawtell launched an attack down the right side of the field at the end of which a clumsy challenge by a Boambee player saw the referee point to the spot for a penalty which Natalie Stewart neatly converted to equalise.

Boambee created a number of chances to seal the game, however, they weren't able to convert any due to a player of the match performance by Valentine in goals who put her body on the line more than once to ensure that the game ended in a draw. …

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