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Armadale coach John O'Reilly speaks to the media after his side's 4-0 FFA Cup loss to Cairns FC. Photo by Football West

FFA Cup dream over for Armadale

Football West News

Armadale’s trek to north Queensland ended in heavy defeat on Wednesday night as the NPL WA side crashed out of the FFA Cup 4-0 at Cairns FC.

John O’Reilly’s men were always up against it once Beau Rahim was sent off on 19 minutes by referee Jarred Gillett after he was deemed to have denied Josh Taylor a scoring opportunity.

It looked a harsh decision with another defender in close attendance when Taylor was fouled well outside the area but Armadale’s 10 men dug in and held the hosts scoreless until after half-time.

However, Cairns made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute when skipper Jamie Carroll sprung the Armadale offside trap and fired low past keeper Sam Hutchings.

Cairns went 2-0 up on 67 minutes when Carroll turned provider, crossing for Josh Taylor to nod in.

Around 50 Armadale fans made the 3500km trip to Cairns – a record distance for an FFA Cup tie – but it was the majority among the 821 crowd who were on their feet again when Bronson Koppen hammered in a 25-yard screamer on 79 minutes to make it 3-0.

And Crios O’Hare added a fourth in injury time for Cairns, who advance to the last 16.

Perth Glory, who play Melbourne Victory at Dorrien Gardens next Tuesday, are the last WA side left in the competition.

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