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Ibises mightier than Ducks

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February 20, 2018

Tatura’s FFA Cup dream is still alive, moving into the first Victorian round of the main draw with a dominant qualifying round win against the Deakin Ducks.

The long trip down the highway did not prove a hurdle for the Ibises as they led essentially from start to finish, sealing a 3-1 win late in the contest against the State League Five West side.

And they will return home to host the Maribyrnong Greens this Saturday in the first round, a team from the same division as the Ducks.

Tatura coach Sean Grant said the comprehensive win was a brilliant start to the season.

‘‘We were really pleased with the performance, it was our first competitive win and it was great to get off the mark,’’ he said.

‘‘We take plenty of confidence from that, we’ll take that into our next game.

‘‘It was thoroughly deserved as well, I felt we played very well and stuck to our plan.’’

Tatura wasted little time in taking the lead, Grant leading from the front burying a header off a Lewis Coyle cross inside six minutes.

And on the stroke of half-time it found a two-goal cushion with Jacob Rando doubling the advantage, only for the Ducks to pinch a goal back before the break.

The second half was all Tatura, but the Ibises failed to make their opposition pay.

Nerves would not be subsided until the closing stages, where Coyle would score and put the game beyond doubt.

Thrilled with the result, Grant’s only possible complaint was his side’s inability to capitalise on the domination and seal the tie earlier in the second half.

‘‘We definitely should have found a third goal sooner, we probably had about 80 per cent of the possession in that second half, but didn’t take our chances,’’ he said.

‘‘We did play really well, but just couldn’t convert.

‘‘I think the communication with each other was great, because we’re still a relatively new group and figuring out each other’s playing styles.

‘‘But we’re definitely coming together well and we stuck to the plan of keeping the ball on the ground and moving it around.’’

Into the main draw, the Ibises will look to capitalise on a favourable home fixture against a side whose level they have shown they can match.

‘‘I think it will be another tough game; in this cup competition every game feels like a final with both sides a chance to win,’’ Grant said.

‘‘We’d love to go even three or four games if possible.

‘‘It’s great for our players’ match fitness and it’s a good head start for us.’’

●It was a different story for Cobram Roar, bundled out of the tournament at the first opportunity against Boronia.

The sides were square at the half, 1-1, before a second-half onslaught had Boronia put the Roar to the sword with four goals to win 5-1.

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