Alstonville advances to FFA Cup with win over Goonellabah
ALSTONVILLE will carry the flag for Football Far North Coast in the FFA Cup, after cruising to a 5-0 home win over a makeshift Goonellabah lineup in their third round clash on Tuesday night.
The comfortable win leaves Alstonville as the one side from FFNC to progress, setting up a meeting with the top side from the Coffs Harbour region, which will be either Coffs City United or Boambee Bombers.
Goonellabah had just three days to recover from their Anzac Cup final appearance on Saturday and had several players unavailable and rested others.
While the Hornets started well, they were soon worn down by Villa's fresh squad which led 3-0 by half time and went on with the job in the second half. Josh Cole bagged two goals, with fellow strikers Jacob Arthur and Rick Hanna also scoring, along with Reece Bramley.
Central defenders Eamon Banks and Brody Parker had strong games, along with midfielder Andy Collins and reserve keeper Matt Parker.
Villa will now progress to a fourth round clash in Coffs Harbour, probably on May 16, where a win would open the door to making a significant impact in the nation-wide competition.