The Singleton Strikers had their first hit out in the FFA Cup for season 2017 with a well-deserved win over old rivals West Wallsend on Wednesday night.
The late venue change to the synthetic pitches of NNSWF at Speers point, seemed to suit the Strikers as they were able to play their best football on the consistent astro turf.
Man of the Match, Bowen Bagnall soon had the Strikers in front after winning the ball in midfield and scything through the West Wallsend defence.
Singleton soon doubled their advantage when Joe Civello found himself on the end of a corner, and he smashed his shot into the top corner of the goal.
The game then turned into a topsy turvy affair when Singleton gave up an easy goal from a defensive laps but the Strikers regained their 2 goal cushion when a pin point Bagnall pass set Nathan Hall through on goal.
And, when Hall was unceremoniously hacked down from behind, his attacking partner new signing Gael Basana stepped up to convert the penalty.
West Wallsend once again capitalised on some sloppy defending to keep themselves in the game, before they scored perhaps the goal of the night with a beautifully constructed goal to bring things back to parity, before Bagnall once again turned provider when he put James Bates through on goal, and the accomplished striker calmly slotted the winning goal for Singleton.
Today, the Strikers have their first home game of the season at Howe Park as they take on Toronto Awaba.
It’s going to be a bid day of football with the U17’s kick off at 9.15am