Singleton Strikers through to round 4 of FFA Cup

THE Singleton Strikers are through to round 4 of the FFA Cup after a 2-1 win in their first hit out for the 2021 season on Tuesday night at Thornton Park.

Entering round 3, the Strikers were refreshed after a weekend off, and faced Thornton who had come off a 6-1 win on Friday night against South Cardiff, and had rested numerous players.

Strikers captain Hayden Nicol said Singleton dominated the majority of the possession.

"We spent a good portion in their half and had a few good chances in the first half," he said.

Despite going into half time scoreless, goals went to Nicol and Joel Barner.

"The first goal was great switch of play from the left to the right before putting it into the box for a bit of a scramble with Tristan Muir and Joel Barner getting shots off before Joel put it away," Nicol said.

"The second was a break down the left and Jackson Cox drove into the box and was taken down for a penalty, I scored that bad boy.

"They hit back in probably the 85th minute through a defensive miscommunication for a free header at the back post. We then had 2 players sent off for questionable second yellow cards and finished the game with 9 for a tense finish to the game after looking so comfortable for the majority."

Nicol said the tournament is a great opportunity to verse teams in the higher levels.

"You can compare the level we are playing at to those in the NPL, and even to some degree the zone leagues below," he added.

The Strikers will now play Kahiba away this weekend and are busy preparing for their Ladies Day on May 8 at Howe Park.

FFA CUP: Goals from Hayden Nicol (pictured) and Joel Barner in Round 3 of the FFA Cup see the Strikers through to Round 4. Photo: File

FFA CUP: Goals from Hayden Nicol (pictured) and Joel Barner in Round 3 of the FFA Cup see the Strikers through to Round 4. Photo: File