Rivals waiting

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DOMINANT PERFORMANCE: Brendan Barton was one of the best players on the ground against his former team, Shepparton South; PHOTO: Katarina De Napoli

WANGARATTA City has set up a date with arch rival Myrtleford for this week after a stunning win over Shepparton South in the qualifying round of the FFA Cup on Sunday.

The Red Devils travelled to Shepparton not knowing quite what to expect of themselves or the opposition, but answered most questions emphatically in a 4-1 victory.

Assistant coach Mario Antonello said an early goal to vice captain Stoycho Ivanov was just what the Devils needed to get their game going on enemy territory.

“I was chatting to (head coach) Connor Heffernan the night before about the fact that you’re always nervous going into these FFA Cup games, because you don’t know the opposition,” Antonello said.

“It’s not like the day-to-day AWFA matches where you know what you’re coming up against and who the dangerous players are.

“We went down to Healesville for a practice match last week, and after 10 minutes we were 3-0 down, so there was always a thought we might concede early again.

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