The FFA Centre of Excellence continued its strong start to the 2017 Capital Football PlayStation 4 National Premier League season, scoring five first half goals to hand the Monaro Panthers its third loss in as many rounds.
Being that it was the FFA CoE first game in twenty-one days following the postponement of it’s round 2 clash with Tuggeranong United and the Easter break, the side could have been forgiven for starting slowly – they did anything but.
Mirza Muratovic opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a terrific solo goal, collecting the ball just outside his own half before skipping past Monaro’s centre-back and slotting the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
In-form midfielder Bryce Bafford had the opportunity to score his third goal of season 4 minutes later after teammate Charlie Mavros was brought down inside the penalty area. Bafford’s penalty was anything but convincing but found its way into the back of the net to give the home side a two-goal lead.
The game was all but won twenty-eight minutes in when midfielder Tai Trewin added another before a Charlie Mavros brace before half-time wrapped up the scoring.
The scoring subsided in the second half with both sides finding it hard to create any solid chances.
Captain Joel King applauded his sides’ first half performance but admitted the team got complacent in the second forty-five.
“The first half was very good. The team performance was where we want it to be.” King said.
“We were clinical in front of goal and scored a lot of our chances.”
“I think we got a bit complacent. The five goals in the first half got to our heads.”
“Our second halves haven’t been as good as our firsts so that’s something we need to work on.”
Attention now turns to the FFA CoE’s clash with the Cooma Tigers FC, which will be played at 3.00pm Sunday 30th April at Nijong Oval.