The Westfield FFA Cup kicked off this weekend, with ten teams participating in Round One on the North Coast.
Urunga Raiders vs Westlawn Tigers
Urunga Raiders started their NCF Zone FFA Cup title defence with a 9-0 win over Westlawn Tigers, with strikers Ben Dooley and Cale Simmonds bagging a hat-trick each at Barnier Park on Saturday.
Simmonds was fasted off the mark in his first competitive game for Urunga, scoring the Raiders’ opener on the 10 minute mark.
And whilst the Raiders’ dominated the scoreline, Westlawn showed signs of promise working the ball well and managing stints of good possession with a very young squad.
Tigers’ Captain and Veteran James Joyce said pre-match that it’s a very young squad with more talent but less experience.
“We’ve got plenty of new faces out there, but they’re all so young. There are three 15 year olds who have come across from other clubs to crack into the first team, and they are very good players. But without much size or experience, we might struggle.”
It was the perfect start for returning Raiders’ coach Paul Pomroy. The Raiders were missing key players from last years squad, allowing Pomroy to tinker with the formation and introduce some new faces.
It was a good first performance for the Raiders’, and a decent showing by Westlawn’s young squad.
Coffs Coast Tigers vs Northern Storm
Coffs Coast Tigers lived up to the pre-season hype thumping Northern Storm 5-1. The game exploded to life with three penalties in the opening 30 minutes. Storm missed their first, then both sides bagged one to head into the break level at 1-1.
After half time the home team took control and scored four to win the game convincingly.
Coffs United vs Grafton United
Coffs United Lions eased into the second round with a comfortable win against Premier League new boys Grafton United.
The Lions scored five either side of half time and head into Round Two with the biggest scoreline of any game.
Orara Valley vs Maclean Bobcats
Orara Valley started off the season with a dominant 4-1 performance against Maclean at McLean Street Oval. Orara outplayed the Bobcats, who were missing one or two key players.
Boambee Bombers vs Sawtell Scorpions
Sawtell’s reinvented Premier League squad overpowered a lackluster Bombers side, winning 3-1 at Aryshire Park on Sunday.
Several of Boambee’s players from last year were on the opposite side, including youngster Xavier Sproule, who set up Sawtell’s first goal and was a constant menace against his old club.
Boambee gave a good account of themselves for most of the game, and probably had the larger share of possession, but deserved to lose against a better Scorpions side, who were organised defensively and made the most of the Bomber’s mistakes.