Late drama as Coffs City United snatch draw against Westlawn Tigers

End-to-end football between the Westlawn Tigers (yellow) and the Coffs City United Lions (red/black).

IN the HIT105.5 North Coast Premier League clash between Coffs City United and Westlawn Tigers, a seemingly inevitable 0-0 draw took a dramatic turn in the final ten minutes, ultimately concluding in a thrilling 1-1 finish with the last kick of the match.

In a fiercely contested encounter characterised by numerous chances and stellar performances from both goalkeepers, the Westlawn Tigers from Grafton broke the deadlock in the 80th minute through a Riley Bender goal.

As the match entered the third minute of injury time, it appeared that Coffs United’s efforts would go unrewarded despite several close chances on goal.

However, their persistence paid off as the skillful speedster Caleb Lokpo weaved through the defence on the right flank, delivering a perfectly weighted cross into the path of Liam Newberry, who calmly slotted the ball home.

Euphoric celebrations ensued as the Lions salvaged a seemingly lost point, reigniting belief within the squad.

The Lions have one of the youngest teams in the competition, and have been steadily growing in confidence throughout the season.

“I think the team is showing some steps in the right direction, we showed an improved ability to stay on the ball from our recent games,” said player-coach Connor Knight.

“Our inability to finish the chances in the attacking third ultimately leaves the feeling of points dropped.

“We’ve got a few injuries amongst the squad at the moment which is demanding a lot from some of the younger players regarding the roles and responsibilities they are taking on.

“However we are seeing some progress and positive actions from the players which is great to see amongst some disappointing results,” Knight added.

The Lions are set to face their old rivals, the Boambee Bombers, at the Coffs Coast Synthetics on Sunday May 19 at 6 PM.


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