Comets soar­ing in FFA Cup

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JA­COB GRAMS ja­cob.grams@news.com.au

AN FFA Cup best is on the hori­zon for South­side Comets af­ter a 15-0 de­mo­li­tion of JCU Strik­ers in the open­ing round of com­mu­nity club fix­tures.

Will Monin bagged five goals and Zeca Soares three for the reign­ing FNQ Foot­ball Premier Men’s cham­pi­ons, go­ing on with it af­ter lead­ing 9-0 at half­time.

While the re­sult was ex­pected against the young Strik­ers, Comets coach Dion Read­man said the score­line South­side 15 d JCU Strik­ers 0 Rangers 3 d Ma­reeba 3 (pens) Le­ich­hardt 6 d Dou­glas Utd 2 In­n­is­fail United v Edge Hill post­poned to March 20 was not a re­flec­tion of where his side was at af­ter los­ing sev­eral key play­ers post-2017.

“We were OK. (JCU) had a lot of young kids still build­ing to where they can be,” he said.

Read­man said in an­other re­build­ing year in 2018, the play­ers were jelling with ev­ery game and hoped to achieve their best FFA Cup re­sult.

“We’ve never got past the sec­ond round so that’s one of our goals,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously our next game will be up against much bet­ter op­po­si­tion, who­ever we draw.”

The Comets win was in con­trast to the riv­et­ing con­test in Ma­reeba, where the home side fought back from 3-0 down to force ex­tra time against Mar­lin Coast. The Rangers even­tu­ally snuck through on penal­ties.

Le­ich­hardt beat Dou­glas United to progress to a play­off against Strat­ford on March 20.

Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

TOP START: Comets’ Dy­lan Soares gets some air over Strik­ers’ goalie Ryan McCormick be­fore scor­ing a goal in the open­ing round FFA Cup match at Walker Rd.

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