Lismore Thistles (blue) in a recent game against Byron Bay. Thistles thrashed Suffolk Park in the second round FFA Cup clash.
Lismore Thistles (blue) in a recent game against Byron Bay. Thistles thrashed Suffolk Park in the second round FFA Cup clash. Greg Meek

Yellow cards fly as Phoenix scores football lesson

LISMORE Thistles has given Suffolk Park a reminder of the gulf between the premier league and first division after thrashing the Phoenix 10-1 in the second round FFA Cup clash on Tuesday night.

Suffolk began well with an early goal but that only spurred on the Blues who proceeded to give the Phoenix a footballing lesson at Thistles Park.

By the time the dust settled, striker Nathan McCann had bagged a hat trick and Cody McKinnon had two goals to his name, while Jye Wilson, Max Toovey, Darren Beardow, Matt Farrington and Zach Wilson all scored past an outclassed Phoenix defence.

Ill discipline costs Suffolk dearly as they accumulated numerous yellow cards, before having their goal keeper sent off late in the lop-sided match.

"They started well but as the game progressed they were their own worst enemy, and in the end it was a much easier win than we'd expected," Blues coach Craig Kennedy said.

Thistles will now meet Bangalow in the third round with the match scheduled as a curtain raiser to the Anzac Cup final between Richmond Rovers and Byron Bay on April 23 at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

The winner will represent the region in the fourth round against the top side from the Coffs Harbour competition.



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