Westlawn prevails in Tiger tussle
WESTLAWN Tigers lost an entertaining North Coast Football premier league clash against Coffs Coast Tigers at Barnier Park, Junction Hill, on Sunday.
The round one catch-up match was played in magnificent conditions, with the visitors coming away with a 2-1 victory.
Both sides had their chances in a scoreless first half with Westlawn having the better chances, with two efforts in particular somehow failing to find the net, much to the disbelief of the home crowd.
The second half looked like it was going to mirror the first, however, this time it was Coffs Coast with the upper hand.
Coffs' relentless attack eventually found its way through a tiring Westlawn defence with 10 minutes to go, with Kadjo Adjasson rounding the 'keeper to tap the ball in for a 1-0 lead.
With defence no longer a priority, the Grafton side threw everything at Coffs before Adjasson made a break on the counter, beating the 'keeper only to have it kicked off the line by Tyron Morgan.
However, Curt Dixon was on hand in the midfield to guide another shot in for Coffs Coast for a 2-0 lead.
Westlawn pegged a goal back when Ryan Lynch drew the 'keeper out, cleverly beating him before tapping it in for a well-deserved goal and a 2-1 scoreline.
The home side almost had another goal at the death, but again failed to find the net.
Tyron Morgan was Westlawn's man of the match, with some great work in defence, while Daniel Price and Seamus Jabour were impressive in the midfield.
Stand-in Westlawn coach John Nelson was disappointed his charges did not find the net more often, but was pleased with the team's ability to create goal-scoring chances.
The Westlawn Tigers youth division side was on a roll after its earlier match with a convincing 6-2 win over the Coffs Coast side, making it 12 goals in two outings for the Grafton side.
Peter McNamara was the player of the match for the Westlawn side with some great work in the backline, while Zeb Dougherty always looked dangerous up the flank.
The other game during the week at Barnier Park was a Wednesday night clash between the fourth division Westlawn Panthers and Corindi Red Rock Breakers, which the Panthers won 5-2.
Joel Lowe was the man of the match for the Panthers with some mesmerising runs, having a hand in a few goals and backing up well in defence.
Westlawn's first and youth division sides travel to Woolgoolga for 3pm and 5pm games next weekend.
The third division Westlawn Jaguars take on the Gunners at Rushforth at 3pm, while the fourth division Westlawn Panthers host the Bellingen Moores on Barnier Park at the same time.