The FFA Centre of Excellence kicked off its 2017 Capital Football PlayStation 4 National Premier League season at the Australian Institute of Sport on Saturday, with a 3-1 win over Woden-Weston FC.
Tony Vidmar’s men seemed to dominate the game, maintaining possession and rarely making a wasteful pass, often frustrating their opponents. Playing with five at the back, Woden ensured that they would be a tough team to break down.
The CoE boys did find themselves down just three minutes in however after a well placed cross into the penalty area from Woden’s Ryan Morris found Martin Deng who headed the ball past goalkeeper Matthew Sutton.
The early goal didn’t seem to faze the young CoE outfit with the side having the better of the chances after play resumed.
Scores were equal twenty-six minutes in when Bryce Bafford found the back of the net after Charlie Marvos’ header was parried to the midfielder.
The Centre of Excellence team continued their strong performance into the second half and it wasn’t long before they took the lead.
Sixty-five minutes in Vidmar’s side found themselves 2-1 up after Mirza Muratovic latched onto Jacob Italiano’s cut back, putting the ball past the keeper and into the Woden-Weston FC goal.
Shortly after the Center of Excellence side found themselves two goals to the good, when Bafford found the back of the net for the second time.
The remainder of the game played out with little clear-cut chances for either side.
The FFA Centre of Excellence will now turn their attention to next weeks clash with Tuggeranong United, who are coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Cooma. That game takes place 3pm on Sunday 9th April at Kambah 2.