Hunter Sports High turned it on to thump Central Coast Sports 9-0 in the Lake Macquarie Bill Turner Cup Area Final at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility this week.
With Jayden Jensen bagging a hat-trick, the Gateshead-based outfit led 6-0 at the break before easing off in the second half.
Wil Hunter, Alexandro Nunes, Charlie Gibson, Angus Reid, Reece McManus and Rhys Butler also featured on the goalscoring list.
Hunter Sports now faces St Joseph’s Lochinvar, at the same venue, in the round of 32 of the Murray Wever Memorial Shield, in term three, which starts from 12 July.
“I’m really happy for our boys,” coach Scott McCarter said.
“One, I think they’re all high-quality kids as individuals and characters.
“And, I believe they showed that [today].
“People witnessed their football quality is quite good as well.
“It’s great to get the win but, at the same time, we realise it’s a knockout competition.
“There’s more to work on.
“We came prepared for a hard game and, at times, it was.
“So, it’s nice to make it through to the next stage.”
McCarter admitted Hunter Sports’ upcoming opponents, St Joseph’s, were an “unknown quantity”.
“I don’t know too much about them,” he said.
“That could actually help us; we’ll just focus on what we need to do.
“We usually go into every match with the mentality of being the best version of ourselves.
“So, that will set us up ok.
“The boys want to go as far in the tournament as they can.”
In the Noel Cocking Shield – Newcastle Bill Turner Cup Area Final, Kotara High maintained its winning momentum to eliminate St Pius X Adamstown 2-1 at the Speers Point facility on Wednesday 16 June, too.
Cooper Vimpani put Kotara High on the scoreboard early, but Toby Gallagher tied the fixture up at 1-all in the 46th minute.
That allowed Seth Anderson to seal victory in the dying stages.
Kotara High will now tackle Gosford High, on the Central Coast, in the round of 32 in the third term.
The shield recognises Noel Cocking’s long-time involvement with the competition.