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Eagles clinch second spot on the ladder before finals

The Boambee Eagles have clinched second spot on the ladder heading into the Coastal League One Women’s finals series.

With just two rounds to play before the semi-finals, the Eagles will head into the finals series in second position after their 5-2 victory against the Macleay Valley Rangers in Round 18 at Kempsey.

The Eagles sit seven points clear of the Rangers in second spot with two games remaining in the home and away season.

Eagles coach Neil Witherdin was pleased with his side’s performance in the second half.

“In the first half we didn’t play well, and we had quite a few chances we just couldn’t covert and they went straight down and scored,” he said.

“The first half was frustrating, but we played much better in the second half especially with our corner work.”

Witherdin praised the performance of a young Eagles defender.

“Laila McDonald is 17, and she had a cracking game and the best game of her season,”

“She was solid in defence at right back, and you didn’t need to tell her that she’d played well, you could tell by the look on her face.

“Kylie McDonald and Hannah Clift-Wilson were both good up front as they both scored doubles.”

The Rangers bounced back the next day with a 3-2 win in a catch-up game against the Sawtell Scorpions at Toormina Oval.

The Coffs City United Lionesses were also winners on the weekend beating the Sawtell Scorpions 1-0 at Toormina Oval.

It sets up a tight race to see who will finish in third spot on the ladder between the Lionesses and Rangers, with Macleay Valley currently one point ahead in third position and with both sides playing each other in the final round.

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