Cup dreams gone already

February 14, 2017

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The dream is over.

Tatura and Shepparton South have been kicked out of the Football Federation Australia Cup in the qualifying round at the weekend.

Tatura lost 4-0 against Cobram Roar at McEwen Reserve on Friday night, while South was also eliminated 4-1 against Wangaratta City on Sunday.

A depleted Tatura side was missing about five key starters heading into the FFA Cup clash, and that became evident early on when they conceded in the first few minutes.

The home side was then forced to chase the game, and unfortunately was exposed two more times, heading into the main break three goals adrift.

In the end the Albury Wodonga Football Association club was too good.

Tatura coach Brent Mathers was upset with the result, questioning his side’s commitment.

‘‘It was a disappointing result, we were pretty slow early on and as a result we conceded,’’ Mathers said.

‘‘Maybe a few of our guys took the wrong approach heading into the game, thinking it was more a friendly, but now we are out of the cup.’’

With a number of players out injured or not fit enough to feature, Mathers was pleased some of his younger players were able to given the opportunity to play seniors.

‘‘We fielded around five players under the age of 18, so it was good for them to compete against bigger bodies,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, South president Gino Cirillo was satisfied with his club’s performance despite the result.

‘‘It was a little frustrating, but I am very proud of the boys considering where we are coming from,’’ Cirillo said.

‘‘They brought the cup forward for the qualifying rounds, so both us and Tatura came in off the back of a limited pre-season.’’

Much like Tatura, South also fielded a younger side.

‘‘Our youth players got a chance to impress, we have new guys coming in who were unavailable, so some of the younger guys competed and matched it with Wangaratta for most of the game,’’ Cirillo said.

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