THE Shoalhaven United Bears are into round three of the FFA Cup, after they defeated Yerrinbool Bargo 4-1 in Wednesday's clash at Ison Park, South Nowra.
Alex Dicker's Bears couldn't have asked for a better start in their FFA Cup debut, with midfielder Tim Bagnall scoring in the first minute - before the visitors had even touched the ball.
But the lead didn't last long, the the visitors equalised through a Matthew Hunt header, off a corner in the seventh minute.
Despite this, Tate Arney ensured the Bears went into the break with a lead, scoring late in the half to make it 2-1.
In the second half, goals from Shane Button and Matt Lewis sealed the 4-1 win.
"I thought we dominated the game for large periods," Dicker said.
"Obviously you could still tell it's the pre-season, as we seem to fade in and out of the game at times, but overall, I'm really happy with the way the boys executed the game plan.
"And Yerrinbool tried to play a physical brand of football and I was impressed with the way our boys matched it."
While Dicker credits all 14 of his players that hit the pitch for doing their role, certain ones stood out to him.
"Our two fullbacks, Harry Temple and Matt Chappel, were fantastic - they played crucial roles for the side and executed them perfectly," he said.
"I also thought Tate Arney has a strong game in the middle, winning the ball high up the field and starting our attack on a number of occasions."
The Bears now face Gwandalan Summerland FC in round three at March 27.