Tatura’s dream FFA Cup run has come to an end.
The Ibises claimed three scalps on their way to a third-round appearance in the competition, but proved no match for State League One outfit Manningham United Blues.
Tatura looked in trouble early in the clash on Saturday, falling four goals behind by the middle the first half.
The Blues then upped the ante as the break approached, netting three more goals to take full control at the half.
Sean Grant’s charges came out with renewed vigour in the second stanza, looking to peg back a few goals on their opponents.
After another Manningham goal in the 56th minute, the Ibises again fought hard to limit the damage, holding firm for another 16 minutes before the floodgates opened once more.
The Blues, clearly in no mood for mercy, slammed five more goals home in the final stages of the match to secure the 13-0 win.
Tatura has taken plenty from its cup run though.
The Ibises won through an initial qualifying round against the Deakin Ducks (3-1) to storm into the first Victorian round of the main draw.
Grant’s side then piled on six goals against Maribyrnong Greens in a 6-2 victory, before producing arguably their best performance of the tournament when faced with West Preston.
Playing at McEwen Reserve’s second main pitch, the Ibises claimed a come-from-behind 4-2 triumph to showcase their superior fitness and fighting ability, only sending the contest to extra time in the 89th minute.
The Ibises will turn their focus solely towards the looming Bendigo Amateur Soccer League season, which for them starts with a clash against Shepparton South on April 8.
Fans of the FFA Cup in the region will receive another opportunity to cheer for a hometown hero though when the Goulburn Valley Suns are inserted into the round four draw, which will take place at 1pm today.
Craig Carley’s Suns will be looking to remain alive in the competition for longer than last season, where they lost 0-1 at home to North Caulfield Senior FC in their first clash.