Plenty of positives despite losses
THE first weekend of the North Coast Football season proved unlucky for the two local teams, as the Maclean Bobcats and Westlawn Tigers both fell by one goal.
While Maclean may have gone down in its season opener against Coffs Coast Tigers, coach Guiseppe Terranova said he could not be happier with his squad.
The Bobcats conceded a goal in just the third minute of the game to go down 1-0, but Terranova was so happy with the remaining 87 minutes he still believes the squad can win the competition.
"We controlled about 90% of the game," Terranova said.
"The boys racked up plenty of passes and managed to control possession for most of the match, we just need to make sure we're switched on from the beginning."
The third-minute goal from Coffs proved the ultimate difference between the teams, with a lack of concentration proving costly for the home side.
Coffs crossed the ball in from the flank, and Jason Rainbow blocked the ball's flight but dropped it into the path of an attacker.
The resulting goal left Rainbow red-faced, but instead of imploding under the pressure, he picked up his game and kept Coffs out for the remainder of the game.
It's that character and commitment that has Terranova excited about his team's prospects, saying he wasn't the only player to impress.
"Jarrod Doyle hit the crossbar and sent a few headers just wide of the goal," Terranova said.
"Daley Durrante was our man of the match after having a big game in the midfield while Sam Finlayson busted his head open early in the game but got strapped up and played on.
"It's the little things that make me believe we can win every game, just as long as we concentrate for the full 90 minutes."
For the Westlawn Tigers it was a case of close but no cigar as they fell to Woolgoolga Wolves 2-1.
Westlawn fell behind 2-0 midway through the second half, but a late goal to Ryan Lynch gave the Tigers an opportunity for a late equaliser.
It wouldn't come, but coach Robert Usher was pleased with the performance.
"They performed pretty well especially considering we had to shuffle the line-up around.
"Our disrupted preparation came through and you could see they ran out of steam towards the end, but I was really happy with their efforts," Usher said.
Jack Morrissey was named man of the match for the Tigers, and said the team would try to focus on keeping possession when they host Urunga Raiders next week.
- Westlawn hosts Urunga at Barnier Park this Saturday, while Maclean travels will travel to the Coffs Harbour to play Coffs United on Sunday.