ALL the action was in the first half when Shoalhaven United celebrated a 4-2 win over Bomaderry on Saturday at Bomaderry Oval.
Five of the six match goals were scored in the first half with the scoreline 3-2 to United at the break.
Bomaderry missed plenty of chances early on but were rewarded in the 10th minute when Michael Hampton made amends for the goals he missed earlier with a cracking kick that found the back of the net.
United equalised in the 15th minute thanks to a magnificent cross by Josh Mackaness that turned into a rare header opportunity for Dale Baxter, who found the back of the net.
Despite losing Jake Hush to injury, United made it 2-1 10 minutes later when Ash Lymbery made a run down the left hand side and produced a brilliant cross to Shane Button, who booted the ball past the Bomaderry keeper.
Bomaderry hit back in the 32nd minute when Matt Roberts also took the ball down his left hand side of the field.
He hit a congested area then turned the ball inside and crossed to his opposing wing, Mitchell Cornell.
It only took Cornell a couple of touches before he drove the ball home to make it 3-2, and this scoreline stayed the same until half-time.
The teams took to the field for the second half, Bomaderry without an injured Cameron Nelson.
Bomaderry fought hard to equalizs, but in the end it was United who had the last laugh after a brilliant cross by Chris Button hit a Bomaderry player and was deflected into the Bomaderry goal.
The score remained at 4-2 until full-time.
Bomaderry coach Doug Foley said his team played reasonably well, but could have done a lot better.
“The fact we started well and missed opportunities early in the game which were gettable is a worrying trend for us,” he said.
“I was disappointed with the loss, but it sort of points out what we have to do from here.”
Best for Bomaderry were Matt Kellett, Daniel Frew and Mitch Cornell.
“Most played well, but lapses in concentration and little things cost us. We need to make sure we concentrate for the full 90 minutes,” Foley said.
“We are doing ok but we have to do better. I look forward to improvement in the second round.”
United coach Trevor Skingle said he was happy with the win considering he had four of his regular players out on the Friday night.
“I was only disappointed in the two goals we conceded. But to be totally honest, both teams’ defences were shithouse,” he said.
“The blokes at the back weren’t doing their bit but in the second half the defence was very good.”
“What is pleasing from my point of view is that we used all five subs. It is not often that you use all five, which I guess shows the toughness of the game, but the guys who subbed on all played a big part in the game and held their own.”
For United, Matt Fuz, Josh Mackaness and Shane Button performed the best.
In the next round United will face Huskisson, whereas Bomaderry will come up against Illaroo.