It's a dogfight in FNC soccer
RICHMOND Rovers and Bangalow are set to do battle at Bill Harris Field tonight for a spot in the Far North Coast Premier League soccer grand final.
Rovers and Bangalow, the 2015 and 2016 grand final winners respectively, will battle it out for the chance to play Byron Bay in this year's show piece match.
Premiers Byron Bay booked its place in the grand final courtesy of a 3-1 win over Bangalow last weekend.
Rovers and Bangalow met just two weeks ago in the opening weekend of this year's finals series, with Bangalow running out 2-0 winners.
However, it is Rovers who had the wood over Bangalow during the regular season, recording victories on both occasions that the sides met.
Rovers are at full strength for tonight's game while utility Bryn Hicks is the only absentee for the Bluedogs.
Rovers coach Todd Jones is hoping for a complete performance from his side.
"I just want a good performance from the boys,” he said.
"Last time we played Bangalow we only played for 45 minutes.
" I hope the boys will play for 90 minutes and give everything they've got.
"Bangalow will come out firing. They've beaten us in the last three finals we've played against them. We've got to turn up, especially with it being at our home ground.
"We've got to keep doing the things we've been doing - show urgency, want the ball, turn up for you mate if he gets beaten and cover him - all the simple stuff.”
Bangalow has the chance to create history by qualifying for its second consecutive premier division grand final with a win tonight.
Bangalow coach Neil Fuller is looking for a high energy performance from his charges in tonight's clash.
"We need to be as enthusiastic when we haven't got the ball as when we do - that's the way we beat Rovers last time,” Fuller said.
"We had a lot of energy off the ball as well as on it. To do that to an opponent you tend to cause mistakes and create opportunities.
"Rovers will be direct, they're fast, they're physical. We've got to make sure we keep up with the pace of the game. We know we can do it - we did it two weeks ago.”
Tonight's match in Lismore kicks off at 7pm, with the winner set to face Byron Bay at Richards Oval next weekend.