Urunga Raiders, Northern Storm and Coffs United all got off to winning ways in the first round of the FFA Cup on Sunday, whilst Coffs Coast Tigers and Nambucca Strikers won their fixtures in Grafton on Saturday.
Coffs United hosted Westlawn Tigers at McLean St and were ruthless in front of goal, putting 11 past a young and inexperienced Tigers backline. Westlawn coach James Joyce put it down to mistakes made.
“They (Coffs United) were pretty clinical in punishing the mistakes we made, and we made plenty.”
Coffs United will now play Orara Valley in the second round.
The match-of-the-round saw Boambee Bombers host the Urunga Raiders at Ayrshire Park.
Boambee started the better of the two sides, with Christian Penny causing havoc down the right wing. However Urunga held out, and made the Bombers pay for their wastefulness in front of goal as former Sawtell Scorpians midfielder Luke France finished off a well worked team goal in the 35th minute.
Urunga then eased 3 more past Boambee in the second half to book a second round encounter with Nambucca Strikers.
Northern Storm comfortably defeated Sawtell Scorpians 5-0 and will play Coffs Coast Tigers in the second round.
Saturday’s matches were played at Rushforth Park in Grafton, with local sides Maclean FC and Grafton United taking on Coffs Coast Tigers and Nambucca Strikers respectively.
Maclean were solid against the Tigers, and had the better first half, though with a man sent off in the second half they couldn’t keep the Tigers out. Darcy Homan scored the only goal to send the Tigers through.
Nambucca Strikers also progressed in a hard fought encounter against Grafton United. The teams couldn’t be separated in 90 minutes, with the match ending 2-2. The Strikers then won the penalty shoot-out thanks to the heroics of young goalkeeper Corey Forbes, who saved two penalties to win 4-3.