Football Far North Coast and Football North Coast will both be represented at the quarter final stage of the Northern NSW Preliminary Rounds after the final two northern zone teams were decided.
Byron Bay FC booked their spot with a 5-1 win over Coffs Tigers FC. Despite the Tigers holding the Rams for about 70 minutes, Byron Bay striker Gianiuca Bongiovanni found the net four times, including one from the penalty spot, and substitute Jonathan Pierce scored a spectacular long range goal to secure the victory.
In the second game, Coffs United FC came out fast to lead 2-0 over Bangalow SC, with Coffs striker Nick Lambert striking twice in the first five minutes to stun the reigning Football Far North Coast champions.
When Lambert secured his hat-trick in the 35th minute it spelt curtains for Bangalow, the score remaining 3-0 at the final whistle.
Following the postponement of the matches due to inclement weather in Coofs Harbour, the matches to determine the two entrants from the country zones were played on a synthetic pitch at Southern Cross University in Lismore.
Byron Bay FC and Coffs United FC now have a task in front of them to progress further as they face the six Northern NSW Football teams left in the draw, comprising five PlayStation 4 NPL Northern NSW clubs as well as Cardiff City.
The next stage of the Northern NSW Preliminary Rounds will be contested on 10 and 12 June at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility to decide the two clubs who will qualify for the Westfield FFA Cup national Round of 32.