Eight District League clubs began this year’s Bert Bampton Cup with four set to join the other four second-tier sides in round two.

University and Kiama kicked off the Cup with the Students proving too strong for the Quarriers, coming away with a 3-0 win back in March.

Josh Martin, Adam Bassuni and captain Doug Woodiwiss all netted for University.

Two of the three remaining games were played on Easter Monday as Shell Cove hosted Berkeley and Warilla travelled to Balgownie. 

Shell Cove continued their in-form start to the season, defeating Berkeley 2-0. 

Second-half goals to Daniel Krkovski and Tommy Markovski was enough for the Cove to see off the Goats. 

It was a convincing win for the Rangers on the same day as they stormed out to a 4-0 victory over Warilla. 

Chris Hollingshead was on target again for Balgownie, picking up his first senior hat-trick in the four-goal rout at Judy Masters while Sebastian Dallas scored the other.

The final game of the round took place Tuesday night at Thomas Gibson Park as Thirroul showed the quality they can produce on the pitch, securing a 3-1 win over Fernhill. 

First-half goals to Robert Gyngell, Daniel Arthur and Alan Maddock guided the Thunder to their first victory since pre-season. 

The draw for round two took place on Thursday, introducing the four other sides from the District League. 

First-round winners Thirroul and Balgownie will go head-to-head in round two while University travel to Picton and Shell Cove host local rivals Oak Flats.

The match of the round may be at Rex Jackson Park with Helensburgh taking on Unanderra.

In the Youth Cup, it was University, Warilla, Berkeley and Thirroul who advanced to round two. 

University face Picton, Warilla play Thirroul, Berkeley take on Oak Flats and the Thistle go up against the Heart.

Round two fixtures will be played Sunday, April 25 on the ANZAC Day long weekend.

Review by Nathan Turner, on Twitter @nathanturner23_

Photo by Graham Brown

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