Moree Services FC lose both semi finals in Namoi League

Bailey Bourke was once again strong for Moree 1 in their major semi final loss to Narrabri FC.
Bailey Bourke was once again strong for Moree 1 in their major semi final loss to Narrabri FC.

Moree Services FC kicked off their Namoi League finals campaign on Saturday, with both sides featuring as the club looks to make it three titles in a row.

After finishing second, Moree 1 took on minor premiers Narrabri FC while Moree 2 faced Wee Waa United in a do-or-die clash.

Unfortunately for Moree, both sides went down, with Moree 2 now eliminated from the competition after a 3-0 loss in Wee Waa.

"It's a bit disappointing but we played fairly well in the game," Moree 2 coach Darrel Smith said.

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Smith said they were up against some tough conditions, with strong winds wreaking havoc throughout the game.

"Their field runs east-west so you're running straight into the wind and that made it really difficult and it's a bumpy field," he said.

"But they had to play on the same field in the same conditions, they just played better."

Moree was missing a couple of players but Smith said that was no excuse.

"They just seemed to be a lot more enthusiastic to get to the ball," he said.

"They just beat us in every part of the game. They got there first, and just seemed to get a good bounce on it every time.,

"We created a few chances but couldn't score. They took their opportunities."

Despite an early exit in finals, Smith was still pleased with how his side's 2019 season went.

"Considering we didn't quite have the numbers at the start of the year, to still make semi finals was great and I think most of the players we had there improved throughout the year," he said.

"We probably had four players who had never played soccer before.

"Throughout the year, there was only two teams we hadn't beaten all year, which is a pretty good outcome for us.

"Everyone's keen to go again next year now and that'll give us a good platform to go again next year."

For Moree 1, it was a tale of two halves in the major semi final against Narrabri FC.

Down 4-0 at half time, Moree scored three goals in the second half but weren't able to complete a remarkable comeback, going down 4-3.

Coach Matt Urquhart said they were too rushed in attack in the first half.

"They're really good on the counter attack," he said.

"If you get caught out of position, they make you pay for it and they did."

Moree were able to pick up the intensity in the second half, but Narrabri had too big of a lead to chase down.

"It was good to see we could score goals against the minor premiers," Urquhart said.

"It was actually a bit of a wake up call. If we're playing these guys, you need to be on your game the whole game."

Urquhart said Bailey Bourke was a standout up front for his side.

"He kept making their backs work to keep him scoreless in the first half, and the second half he was quite dangerous, he ended up getting a goal himself," he said.

"Brad McLane, he's a bit of a quiet achiever. You always see him in there putting in the work when it's most needed.

"On the counter attack, he's often one of the first guys out of the midfield back to get in and defend. He was quite handy."

Both teams had to deal with a bit of carnage in the second half, with a confrontation resulting in three red cards for each side.

As a result, there's a good chance Moree will be without those three players for this weekend's do-or-die preliminary final.

Moree 1 will face Wee Waa United this Saturday, with the winner to get a shot at Narrabri FC in the grand final.