NT's Rovers claim Westfield FFA Cup spot

Darwin Rovers will represent the Northern Territory in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 after winning the Top End’s decider on Saturday night.

In a one-side final, Darwin’s Rovers thrashed Alice Springs’ outfit Scorpions 5-0 at Darwin Football Stadium.

Star striker Carl Marshall had a night to remember for the hosts, netting a hat-trick to book his side’s spot on the national stage and a possible match-up with a Hyundai A-League side.

Rovers surged out of the blocks early with Scorpions keeper Joshua Dorron forced to make a couple of crucial interventions in the opening period.

But the pressure eventually told with Marshall putting the home side in front in the 25th minute with a close-range finish.

And Rovers almost doubled their advantage just a minute later with Scorpions defender Chol Mangar’s desperate goal-line clearance ensuring the score remained 1-0 at the interval.

But the floodgates opened in the second stanza, with Marshall doubling Rovers’ advantage in the 50th minute before completing his hat-trick with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Goals to John Drohan (82’) and Simon Bell (85’) rounded out the result for the Darwin-based outfit.