VIDEO: Nerang hit the grass running on Tuesday night as they dodged the rain and wind, taking on the Coomera Colts away at Coomera in a long-awaited rematch to last year’s disappointing playoff losses against the Northern Gold Coast lads in maroon.
The match was a seesaw battle that could have gone in any direction with both Nerang and Coomera missing some easy scoring opportunities. What the game lacked in composure and finesse it made up with in intensity, tension and grit.
Nerang were dominent in attack when they did exercise their counter pace and flow but had difficulty in defence against the larger and more physical Coomera side. Coomera had some pace too with several of their wingers demonsrating great flair.
Nerang’s classy goal during the first half was nearly undone when Coomera dropped a sitter, hitting the post right before half time. The Colts didn’t take long in the second half to find the net, after a fumbled half-volley shot in our box deflected off a defender and inched past the Nerang keeper for a frustrating equaliser.
Overall a game that was frustrating at times to watch as the referee took an unusually focussed aim towards Nerang, handing out a swathe yellow cards and a red card to the Eagles, but leaving the Colts relatively unscathed with just two cards despite the tit-for-tat affair.
Both teams each received a 10-minute sin binning for ‘dissent’ leaving Nerang with just 9 players for five minutes at one point during the second half. Coomera were unable to capitalise on the advantage though, and the Eagles dug in hard to defend and stop any advance during that period.
A frustrating game at times
Late in the game Coomera finally drew the ref’s attention for a second yellow card and the sin bin decision, although it wouldn’t see the full 10 minutes anyway as the final whistle ended the match at a one all draw.
Nerang’s Premier League Firsts remain undefeated in their group stage of the Football Gold Coast Health and Wellness Pre Season Cup and are now poised to secure a top-two finish should they take a win away from their last game, home against the Kingscliff Wolves at Glennon Park this Saturday. A win this Saturday would also see the Eagles through to the quarter finals of the Cup, and a likely match up with the formidable Gold Coast Knights outfit, away at the Croation Club on March 24th.
Our Reserve Grade team also faced off for a draw earlier int he night and have also positioned themselves for a top two finish in their group stage which would see them through to the quarter finals also.
Watch this space!
BE THERE THIS SATURDAY!!!
FGC Pre Season Cup GAME 4
Nerang V Kingscliff – Saturday 17th March – Glennon Park Nerang
Reserves kick off 2:00pm
Main game kick off 4:00pm