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FFA Cup - Round 1

The ability to get players behind the ball when not in possession proved to be the key in CMI Busselton City’s upset 1-0 win over Dynamos in their FFA Cup match on Saturday. Dynamos, who have proved to be the benchmark in local soccer over recent years, dominated possession at times without generating a great number of scoring opportunities. Certainly in the opening stanza Dynamos were intent on finding spaces between the Busselton defence through the efforts of striker Corey Barclay. But the locals defence, featuring newcomers Joel Anderson and Mat Evans, were well balanced and quick to shut down anything in the back third. Only once was keeper Jesse Gunnis called into action when his agility prevented Barclay from finding the back of the net. With experienced midfielders Rich Amey and Andy Cowley along with Englishman Adam Abadi ensuring a good supply of the ball, Busselton began to look a lot more composed just before the break. After a scoreless first half Busselton coach Sam Kellett, introduced Mike Newell who has returned to the club after a season away from the game. With only a minute remaining Newell’s ability to run at opposition defenders proved crucial when his cross from wide on the right found Pat Sheehan who had the presence of mind to place the ball beyond the reach of the Dynamos keeper. Busselton now face Queens Park in Perth over the weekend in the second round of this national competition before playing a mid-week Pioneer Cup game.

Sportspower Busselton City Ladies team begin their pre-season commitments on Sunday when the take on Dynamos in a Pioneer Cup fixture in Bunbury. This season Busselton will field two ladies teams and all players have worked hard over the past six weeks under coaches Therese Charlton and Rob Gibbons. Busselton have regained the services of Asha McClurg and Chelsea Braam who along with Ariana Dawson, Keely Milner and Ash Charlton will form the basis of a very competitive side. Both coaches will be keen to record a win against Dynamos before encountering last year’s champion side, Hay Park United, in the Charity Shield on Saturday 28 March.

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