Ellison shines as Coffs Coast Tigers triumph over Grafton namesakes

Coffs Coast Tigers defender Max Ellison (orange) defending valiantly.

THE Coffs Coast Tigers sailed into the fourth round of the Australia Cup following a convincing 3-0 win over Grafton’s Westlawn Tigers last Saturday at Polwarth Drive.

Max Ellison scored two finely taken goals, and last season’s Tigers’ top scorer Ethan Sechi added the third.

New first team coach John Hanigan was pleased with what he saw.

“We played well in the first half and could have scored a few more,” he said.

“There have been a lot of changes, and the young lads who have come through the junior ranks have really stepped up and looked composed.

“Considering it is our first match, I was pleased with our composure on the ball and decision-making.

“We are really looking forward to the season ahead and the next round of the Cup,” Hannigan said.

The Tigers now face cross-town rivals Northern Storm in round four.

The Urunga Raiders had a fruitful adventure up north after defeating Mullumbimby 6-1 to progress to round four of the Australia Cup.

The Raiders now face another trip north, taking on Alstonville in round four.

However, it was the end of the road for the Boambee Bombers, who went down 3-1 to the Port Macquarie Saints on their home turf at Ayrshire Park.

The Saints scored twice in the first half, effectively ending the tie.

The valiant Bombers fought back in the second half, responding with a goal, but the damage had already been done.


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