Lions reign in Maclean's football feast
IT WAS a football feast at Maclean's Wherrett Park with no fewer than five North Coast Football senior grade matches played at the venue on Saturday.
The home side celebrated wins in Division Two (2-0 v Westlawn) and Women's Reserves (3-1 v Grafton Utd) but suffered big losses in Men's Premier League (7-0) and Reserve Grade (5-0) to Coffs Coast United FC Lions, and went down 4-3 to Grafton United Sirens in a Women's Premier League heartstopper.
Maclean was disheartened by the scoreline in the Premier League showpiece, which did not do justice to Maclean's efforts but instead highlighted the precision of the Lions attack.
"Credit to our boys, we just stuck to our game plan and hit them on the break," CCUFC captain Scott Goddard said.
"Bobcats are running third and you don't get into third if you're not a good side. So we knew we were going to come here for a competitive game," Goddard said.
"We've got some boys up front that are all firing pretty well at the moment," he said.
Bobcats held Lions scoreless for the first 35 minutes. But Lions scored immediately before half-time, and then in the first minute of the second half, a long ball from deep inside their own territory found Nick Lambert who caught the goalkeeper off his line with a 35-metre effort.
Maclean captain Brad Corbett said: "Once they get on a roll they're pretty hard to stop.
"They're a classy side and have got quality up front," Corbett said.
It was a polished performance for the visitors who are preparing for the FFA Cup Preliminary Round quarter-final at Newcastle on June 21.
"Stepping up against the semi-professional teams that will really test us is what we're all after," he said.
"We're all willing to see how we go down there and give it everything we've got.
"This year's a bigger squad than we've usually had so we've got the depth to rely on and keep everyone on their toes."
CCUFC LIONS 7 (Scott Goddard 35', 84', Nick Lambert 46', 60', Ben Mackay 64', 90', Brendan Myers 42') defeated MACLEAN BOBCATS 0.
Meanwhile Grafton United FC secured its first points in its Men's Premier League history with a 2-all draw at home against Coffs Coast Tigers. More in the DEX later this week.