FRESH from being crowned North Coast Football women’s 2nd division minor premiers, the Nambucca Strikers knew they had to lift afresh in their first finals match against Boambee at Coronation Park yesterday.
The Strikers and the Eagles played as if plenty was on the line – it was an old fashioned arm wrestle.
The football was physical if not pretty – as Nambucca and Boambee in turn easily made ground down the park only to be met with stubborn resistance near the box.
It was a battle of nerves as both sides parked the bus, and it was nil-all at half-time and that’s how it finished at the end of regular duration.
The deadlock was finally broken as the Eagles 2 side slotted two in extra time to take the result.
That means the Strikers now face a testing Orara Valley Dingoes next weekend with a grand final berth the prize on offer.
Meanwhile, down the M1, the brilliant run of Mackville Stingers to the men’s 3rd division finals came to an end, as they succumbed 3-2 to a 10-man Coffs Coast Lions in a thriller.
And in women’s 3rd division, Macksville Stingers march straight through to the grand final at Coffs Harbour after defeating Bellingen Victory yesterday.
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