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United deliver the last rites to Saints’ season

Port Saints will play for nothing other than pride in the final round of their Coastal Premier League Men’s season in Taree this weekend.

The Port Macquarie side was only just hanging on in their bid to make the semi-finals before cross-town rivals Port United put the final nails in the coffin of their 2022 campaign on Tuesday night.

“It is what it is so good luck to them,” coach Ollie King said.

“I hope they do well against some of those northern teams in the finals and represent the area well.”

The 2-0 result finally put Saints out of their misery in a season which King admitted was “up and down”.

“It was a good example of what has happened for the season,” he said.

“It was one of those seasons where we played quality football at times, but our style of football didn’t lend to getting enough wins on the board and scoring enough goals.”

King acknowledged his team had not achieved the lofty goals they set in the pre-season.

“We competed with some of the better teams in the competition at times; we got a draw and could have had wins against Tigers and Coffs United,” he said.

“We beat Port United, but didn’t have any luck against MVR so all in all we massively under-achieved for what we wanted to get to.”

King said Saints’ season was difficult to find any rhythm where they had countless hurdles placed in their way.

From dramas with fields and training to match allocations and fixtured being called off, they had no luck.

But when they played on the synthetic surfaces up at Coffs Harbour they looked dangerous.

“Every time we were on the synthetics we either won or drew, but when we got on the bumpy pitches we play on every week – including our own – it just didn’t work out,” King said.

The club’s focus now switches to their reserve grade side who currently sit in third position.

“They’ve locked in third place which is pretty good and they’ve competed with the two Coffs sides most of the time,” King said.

“They’re a chance for the GF I’d say.”

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