Western alive and kicking with 5-nil drubbing of Metro North

CAPTAIN'S KNOCK: Country Western skipper Ryan Rooke nails a penalty in his side's 5-nil win over Metro North. 
Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0702mffootball3

CAPTAIN'S KNOCK: Country Western skipper Ryan Rooke nails a penalty in his side's 5-nil win over Metro North. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0702mffootball3

THE sun finally shone on Jack Brabham Park and on Country Western as it secured its first victory of the Football NSW Under 14 State Titles on Wednesday.

Country Western bounced back from an 8-1 defeat by Metro Far North in the morning in emphatic fashion, winning 5-nil against Metro North. 

After scoring his side’s only goal in the 8-1 loss to Metro Far North, striker Mickey Muratovic scored two brilliant goals and arguably could have scored another two.

The first goal from a resurgent Country Western side came from Milo Dowling, who then gave a lovely touch to Muratovic for the second. 

Muratovic bagged his double after a slick one-two play with Steven Long, before Logan Watmore scored what was undoubtedly the goal of the day just minutes after.

After finding space in the box, Watmore’s screaming right foot volley found the back of the net to extend his side’s lead to four.

To cap off a stellar performance, captain Ryan Rooke made no mistake from the spot after a Metro North handball inside the box.

“Every player out there today would get at least an eight or nine out of ten, except for me, I would probably give myself a ten,” Rooke laughed.

“I thought I was going to miss that penalty though.”

Despite their forwards starring Country Western backs also played their part, heaping pressure on Metro North throughout the encounter.

The host’s backline provided several pinpoint long balls throughout the game, creating opportunities on the counter attack.

Spurred on by conceding eight goals in their morning match Country Western pressed hard, rarely looking like conceding.

Coach John Rimmer was pleased with his side’s performance.

“We could have won that game six or seven nil, we had too much strength up front and everyone put in a great shift,” Rimmer said.

Country Western will take on Metro West at 11.30am on Thursday followed by Country Riverina at 2.30pm.

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