Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Lions Need to Keep It Tight or Tigers Will Run Away

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Lions Need to Keep It Tight or Tigers Will Run Away

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Byline: BRAD GREENSHIELDS

A FORTNIGHT ago Coffs United reached tonight's North Coast Football men's 1st Division grand final with a thumping 4-1 win against Coffs Coast Tigers, but that counts for little now.

Coffs United's Nathan Silvy admits that what happened at Polwarth Drive a couple of weeks ago will mean nothing once the referee blows his whistle at the BCU International Stadium tonight.

"We've got to start all over again, we've seen what they (Coffs Coast Tigers) can do to us," Silvy said.

"If we let the Tigers get on top early, they can run away with it.

"We've seen how many goals that they have scored all year, so we're going to have to keep it tight and hopefully we can run away with it."

It wasn't that many weeks ago that the tables were turned and it was Coffs Coast Tigers who were handing out a football lesson with a 4-1 win over tonight's opponent.

Perhaps the motivation for the Lions' hot form the last time the two met was due to the realisation that a loss in that clash could have spelled the end of the Lions' season.

Silvy admitted as much himself.

"A few of the boys were away last week so it was a definite bonus to get the week off," the 28-year-old said.

Qualify for the big game they did though and now the Lions are looking to put the bad memories of last year's grand final loss against Maclean behind them.

And grand finals don't come much bigger than between two long-time cross-town rivals.

It's been a long time coming for the Tigers who haven't played in a grand final for six years and haven't won since defeating Sawtell 3-0 in the 2003 playoff.

One man who has been through both the good and bad times at Polwarth Drive with the Tigers is veteran midfielder Dane Dixon.

This year the 31-year-old has enjoyed the ride in the second half of the season that saw the Tigers win 10 of their past 11 matches leading into the finals to claim the minor premiership. …

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