RED HOT FORM: Forster-Tuncurry’s Troy Chipperfield works to stop North Armidale’s James Birmingham last Saturday.
NORTH Armidale United have advanced to the next round of the Westfield FFA cup after overcoming a strong Forster-Tuncurry side at Doody Park on Saturday.
The Armidale side were slow to start before settling in and playing their way to victory.
Coach Neil Wheaton said his team went into the match not knowing what to expect and were challenged by a skillful Forster-Tuncurry team.
“It was a bit scrappy for us,” he said.
“Our first touch and passing was a little off but to still come away with a two-nil victory was excellent.
“I think our second half was definitely better but we did have a fair bit of possession.
“It probably wasn’t a great spectator’s game to watch but Forster-Tuncurry were a fit side so it was quite a good challenge.
“We didn’t know at all what to expect because being from Forster-Tuncurry we didn’t know too many of their players.
“They were just a young, fit team.
“They were pretty skilled and we just matched it with the intensity.”
The Redmen scored their goals through Liam Georkas and James Birmingham but it was goal keeper Dan Cherry who Wheaton highlighted as being the key to the side’s success.
“Our keeper Dan Cherry had an absolute blinder.
“Very good reflex phase.
“All in all, we played reasonably well and we are always happy to come away with a win.
Norths managed to back their Westfield FFA Cup win with a five-nil victory against South Armidale on Tuesday night in their McDonald’s Northern Inland Premier League round four clash.
Wheaton hopes the team will maintain their hot form over the coming weeks before they travel to Newcastle in the next round of the Westfield FFA Cup.
“We are happy to get through to the next round against the Lake Macquarie Roosters which will be extremely tough,” he said.
“We are going to have to be very physically strong, the way they play down in Newcastle.
“Our fitness will have to be on point as well.
“It will be a great experience and good fun in Newcastle.
“An experience like that, for our players, it will be the best position in football they have come across in their careers so far.”
This weekend Norths take on Moree at home, East Armidale host Tamworth, Demon Knights travel to Oxley Vale Attunga and Souths are away to North Companions.
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