FFA Cup at Tatura Soccer Club

By Shepparton News

A fast and fluid Tatura side sent a message to the other teams in the FFA Cup on Saturday; we have goals in us.

Round one of the competition at McEwen Reserve on Sunday had the Ibises run rampant as they dispatched Broadmeadows Stars 10-1.

The home side set the tempo from the first whistle, with talisman striker Lewis Coyle netting within two minutes of the kick-off.

Following the opening goal, a sharp piece of build-up play five minutes later put the ball at the feet of ex-Goulburn Valley Sun Cody Sellwood, and he made no mistake rifling it into the top corner to make the score 2-0.

Shortly after, the floodgates opened as an avalanche of goals flew past Broadmeadows’ shot shopper inside the first 30 minutes.

Coyle went on to bag his hat-trick before half-time, putting the game well out of reach for the away side.

The Melbourne-based outfit put up a valiant effort in the second half, restricting Tatura’s flow of goals and even managing to put away one of their own, but it was a case of too little, too late.

The Ibises booked another home fixture for the next round of the cup against Bundoora.

Assistant coach Damien Rosella was pleased with his side’s performance.

‘‘It was a good first hit-out, the boys moved it around well and stayed composed throughout,’’ he said.

Rosella believed there was more to come from his side in the competition.

‘‘We are only going to get stronger as we go,’’ he said.

‘‘The likes of Jarrod Backway and Jordan Leocata (are still to) come in.’’

Rosella admitted to not knowing a lot about Bundoora, but expected his squad to do the job against the State League Five outfit.

‘‘We will take it each week at a time, obviously we will prepare the best we can and hopefully progress further than last year,’’ he said.

Tatura will face off against Bundoora on Saturday at Shepparton’s McEwen Reserve from 3pm.