A number of players may have been missing this weekend but the likes of Matt McAtear and Daniel Anyijong stepped up to the starting 11 and performed extremely well as did the bench guys from Reserves namely Dut Garang, John Mangar and Keiran Clerke who came on late in the game.
The Coffs United team were virtually at full strength and ready to fire after their intense game last week against Urunga. Having held out Coffs in the first half for a nil all result with some scrambling defence and top saves from Mitch Weeden it was not until the 4th minute of the second half that Coffs scored. Their second and last goal was in the 34th minute of play.
The coaching staff know that our second round match will be totally different.
The lessons learnt from this game include:
- We must play “our” style of game – attack from the outset. As they say, the best form of defence is attack;
- We must play in the opponents half - hence we must move out of our defensive line up quickly and squeeze them into their half;
- We need to support each other more and contest the ball out wide; and
- Most importantly, we must not lose possession by “giving away” the ball so easily.
Northern Storm 0 Coffs United 2
Man of the Match went to Matt McAtear – he was solid and reliable in defence and extremely courageous.
Next Saturday, 15th June, Storm play Sawtell at Toormina – Reserve Grade kicks off at 3pm and First Grade at 5pm – hope to see a lot of Storm supporters there as we need to win these games.
First Grade – report by Colin Scully