ATW beats Bingera in Mecano Cup
MATTHEW Martin bagged a double as Across The Waves (ATW) started their Mecano Cup title defence in style with a 5-0 first-round victory over Bingera.
The Mecano Cup is the symbol of senior football supremacy in Wide Bay and is a knock-out competition between the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and Gympie leagues.
ATW claimed the title in the cup’s debut season last year, and on a program that started with their coach Noel Stitt awarded a Football Bundaberg life membership at the junior march past, the day also had a perfect ending for him.
Bingera is going through a rebuilding phase and they had struggled in the first four weeks of the premiership, and they did it tough again.
ATW put their stamp on the game by establishing a 3-0 half-time lead, before going right on with the job.
Their perfect blend of youth and experience, which includes Stitt’s 17-year-old son Callum, simply had too many guns in all departments, including in goal where another of their young guns, Brenton Morrison kept a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Jake Brough was a match winner with a double as North Bundaberg broke a 1-1 half-time dead-lock to defeat Brothers-Aston Villa (BAV) 3-1.
Reigning Premier League champions Diggers also finished strongly to knock out a brave Alloway 5-2 with their goal machine Michael Stayte collecting another double.
The three winners will be joined by Moore Park in the Bundaberg semi-finals of the competition on May 31.
In the Ladies League, premiers Moore Park White white-washed the club’s Green team 13-0, while Bingera, who won 10 consecutive titles from 2000-09 before disappointing last season, continued their resurgence with a 9-1 blitz of Alloway.
But the most outstanding individual performer was Bethany Gapes who struck five times in ATW’s 7-0 shut out of BAV Maroon.