McGrath’s late strike seals it for Uni Az­zurri

NT News - - SPORT - JACK HISLOP

A MYCHAEL McGrath goal in the last 20 sec­onds of in­jury time stole a 1-0 vic­tory for Uni Az­zurri in the FFA Cup qual­i­fier against Port Dar­win at Dar­win Foot­ball Sta­dium last night.

In a match filled with missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, it wasn’t un­til ex­tra time looked cer­tain that a team fi­nally cap­i­talised in­side the 18-yard box.

And it was McGrath who landed the killer blow af­ter Port failed to clear their line.

Af­ter some pin­ball in the box, the Az­zurri mid­fielder was granted enough space to fire away a shot which found its way past Port ‘keeper and coach Rory Hood.

On the bal­ance of play, it was Hood’s side that de­served to ad­vance, but their in­abil­ity to be clin­i­cal in the fi­nal third proved costly.

Their clear­est chance of the first half came the way Theo Ros­sides. The striker was put through with a clear run into the box be­fore he held it up and passed back to Eric Lede.

Run­ning onto the ball, the mid­fielder pulled the trig­ger but his strike sailed a foot over the cross­bar.

Az­zurri al­most nabbed one in the 75th minute when a long cor­ner found Jor­dan Pet­te­gree in space. He smashed a side foot vol­ley on tar­get, but it was blocked by the Port de­fence.

Only two min­utes later, Port missed their best op­por­tu­nity of the match.

An­thony Wain­wright was put in on goal on the counter at­tack and with only the keeper to beat, sprayed his shot wide of the left post.

Pic­tures: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD

Ryan Williams con­trol­ling the ball for Port Dar­win in last night’s FFA Cup clash against Uni Az­zurri at Dar­win Foot­ball Sta­dium. In­set: Az­zurri’s An­thony Dilembo on the at­tack

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