THEIR Australia Cup match was billed as a meeting between David and Goliath.
Last year’s Coastal Premier League minor premiers Coffs City United Lions against an Iona FC team playing just their second senior men’s match.
And it would be Goliath who would flex his considerable muscles, with the Lions progressing to the next round in dominant fashion with a 9-0 win against their Port Macquarie rivals.
It was the Lions third win in a row in this year’s Australia Cup which sees them progress to the fifth round of the national knockout competition.
The Lions dominated the early stages of the Cup tie and were rewarded with an opening goal in the 23rd minute.
The Lions were in again just four minutes later after a beautiful cross from Chris Dooley into the box was finished with a towering header from Glory Obang to make it 2-0.
The Lions controlled the game throughout the first half keeping possession and starving Iona of chances.
The constant pressure on the Iona goals paid dividends for the Lions as two more goals, which included a cracking free kick, saw them take a 5-0 lead into half-time.
The Lions would score another four goals in the second half to progress to the fifth round.
After a comprehensive victory, Lions coach Glen Williams was now bracing for tougher challenges ahead.
“Next week will be tough as the draw from now on is tougher,” he said.
“We will have a few guys away next week, but that’s just how it goes.”