FFA CUP ROUND 1 vs Charlestown

Singleton Strikers comfortably through to Rd 2

The Singleton Strikers flexed their muscles over strong Novocastrian club Charlestown Juniors in their FFA Cup Round 1 fixture last Sunday, running out comfortable 3 -0 winners.

Charlestown, one of the largest participation Clubs in Newcastle, proved strong opposition for the Strikers, and despite Singleton’s dominance in the possession and field position stats, a 0-0 scoreline at half time underlined the closeness of the game.

The second half saw Singleton continue to dominate, and this soon translated into goals when the influential American defender Dylan Schauder came up for a set piece. When the ball broke free, it was Schauder who was first to react as he blasted his shot into the far corner of the net.

The Strikers soon doubled their advantage when dead ball specialist Dan Palozzi guided his free kick into the goal off the inside of the Charlestown goal post.

As the game drifted towards its conclusion, Singleton captain Jackson Cox put the result beyond doubt when he capitalised on good lead up work by Zane Hand and Robbie Lopes by guiding his shot home.

In a strong team display, it is hard to single out individuals but Dylan Schauders’ performance drew the most praise from the crowd, as did the excellent early season form of Hand and Lopes.

Round 2 of the FFA Cup sees another tough test for the Strikers next weekend when they take on Merewether.