SOUTH Armidale Scorpions’ FFA Cup run came to an end in Newcastle on Saturday as did the unbeaten NIF Premier League run of Inverell’s Joeys FC at Doody Park, Armidale.
While the Scorpions were bundled out of the FFA Cup 7-1 by Broadmeadow Magic, East Armidale were delivering the Joeys their first loss of the McDonald’s-sponsored PL 3-2 at Doody Park.
It left Oxley Vale Attunga the only unbeaten NIF side when it snared a 1-all draw with Moree FC at Moree.
In other games, Tamworth FC leapfrogged Gunnedah United with a 4-2 win over the home side in Gunnedah after a hat-trick from Englishman William Webb.
Countryman Michael Roberts also scored for the visitors on a good day for the club after its second grade won 6-2 to remain top of the second grade Southern Conference.
OVA’s second grade also had a 3-2 win over Moree while its first graders snatched a 1-all draw thanks to a Lachlan Browne goal which equalised Ryan Kemp’s strike.
North Companions also grabbed a narrow away victory when 1-nil victors against Namoi United, Ben Davis the goalscorer.
In Newcastle the Scorpions also scored the lone goal, a Cody Watts penalty, as their FFA Cup run ended at the hands of the Magic.
Newcastle sides dominated the regional match-ups.
West Wallsend beat Jesmond 5-4 on penalties after the two sides were locked at 4-all.
Adamstown then beat Valentine 4-nil and Edgeworth had the same scoreline in their win over Coffs City.
The Scorpions fell 7-1 but were far from disgraced, coach Joe Campbell said.
“It was great experience for the boys,” he said of the Newcastle trip.
“It was a tough game. 7-1 sounds bad but we played well and were right in it in the first half.
“They only led 2-1 in the first half with 10 minutes to go before half-time.”
Cody Watts had scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 after Chris Berlin and Rhys Tippet had scored for the Magic.
Tippet bagged his second just before the break and he and Berlin added a couple more in the second half for the six-goal success.
They were to play West Wallsend yesterday in one game with Adamstown playing Edgeworth in the other, with the two winners automatically qualifying to represent NNSWF in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
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