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Coffs City United and Southern United face off for the ultimate prize

One game for glory.

The Coffs City United Lions and Southern United will play off for this season’s ultimate prize in the grand final of the Coastal Premier League.

It’s a showdown between this season’s premiers and a club who are trying to win the crown in their first CPL season.

The Lions lost only one match on their way to winning this year’s premiership, while Southern United finished third in the home and away season.

It’s the first grand final in Coastal Premier League history, after the last two finals series weren’t played due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The first-grade men’s grand final kicks off from 6pm on Saturday night at the Ce.x Coffs International Stadium.

The Lions progressed to the grand final with a 4-0 win against the Macleay Valley Rangers in their qualifying semi-final.

Southern United made this season’s grand final with back-to-back wins last weekend.

United beat the Sawtell Scorpions 3-0 in their elimination semi-final in Forster, before backing up the next day to beat the Coffs Coast Tigers in a penalty shootout in their qualifying semi-final in Coffs Harbour.

The Lions have beaten United in both their meetings this season; a 4-0 victory in Round 1 and a 4-1 victory in Round 12.

Lions coach Glen Williams shared his thoughts on their grand final opponents.

“They have been on a roll and having two wins in a row last weekend was a massive effort,” he said.

“It’s given them a fair bit of confidence, and they do play a nice brand of football which the open spaces of the stadium will suit.

“The couple of times we played them this season they were undermanned, and even then they were hard to break down.

“I think we have to stick to our plans really, and execute what we do and execute well.

“It’s about doing that and absorbing their pressure, which will come, as they aren’t coming up here for a haircut.”

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