By Tom Beverley
It was the only cup fixture for the week in Queensland as the states two most northern National Premier League sides battled it out in Townsville for a date with fellow National Premier League and Mackay based outfit Magpies Crusaders United in round seven.
North Queensland United goalkeeper Ryan Murphy survived an early onslaught from the visitors however brought down Jamie Carroll in the box late in the first half. The veteran striker made no mistake from the spot giving Cairns FC the lead heading into the break.
The goal scorer turned assistant in the second half, teeing up Tom Murphy who rocketed it into the back of the net in the 68th minute to double the lead.
The match was put to bed in the 83rd minute after Harrison Corica made it three and finished off what was a dominant attacking display by the away side.
North Queensland United’s best chances of the game came in the 75th minute when Corey Wapples struck a free kick on the edge of the box forcing Jacson Riley to make a diving save.
The Cairns FC shot stopper was forced to make another brilliant save only four minutes later keeping out a Hamish Cassady volley to earn his clean sheet.
It’s an all new look for each club since their last FFA Cup encounter however the same old story as the victory marks the fifth straight FFA Cup inter-zone playoff in a row that Cairns FC have prevailed over their fellow North Queensland counterparts.
One final hurdle remains for the Far North Queensland side as they look to qualify for the round of 32, having made the national stage in all previous tournaments since the inception of the FFA Cup in 2014.
Details of the fixture between Cairns FC and Magpies Crusaders United are yet to be confirmed.
FFA Cup Round 6
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Brolga Park, Townsville
North Queensland United – 0
Cairns FC – 3 (Carroll 37’, Murphy 68’, Corica 83’)
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