Sydney FC ‘not fussed’ by Melbourne City in FFA Cup Final

Josh Brillante throws his body around in the Round of 32 against Wollongong Wolves.

Josh Brillante says Sydney FC’s physicality will give them the edge in the Westfield FFA Cup Final, and he’s not too worried about City’s big guns.

The Sky Blues and City square off in what should be a blockbuster Cup decider between the two Hyundai A-League high-flyers at AAMI Park on November 30.

While City has the benefit of home ground advantage for the final, Sydney FC have easily been the most impressive performers so far in the 2016/17 Season.

 

Graham Arnold’s side is unbeaten in seven games in the Hyundai A-League, while they have won all four of their Westfield FFA Cup games without conceding a goal.

Brillante told  www.theffacup.com.au: “They’ve [City] looked good and done well in some of their games but I think our team is stronger.

“Our physicality has shown in the games we’ve played. It’s going to be a tough match but we’ve got the quality and a good attitude in all the players and I think that’s going to work good for us.

“We’re not too fussed about their players. We know if we’re performing and playing our game we’ll get the result.

“We’ve had a great start and it stems from pre-season where all the boys were ready and fit. Our physicality and how we’ve dominated teams in games that we’ve played so far has been really good.”

While they’ve scored 29 goals in 11 matches in both the Hyundai A-League and Westfield FFA Cup this season, it’s Sydney’s miserly defence which been the most pleasing.

The Sky Blues have conceded just three times in 990 minutes of competitive action.

City will provide a stern test of their defensive resolve though, especially through skipper and prolific striker Bruno Fornaroli

The Uruguayan has been in scintillating touch so far this season, with six goals from just seven games in the Hyundai A-League.

But two of the Sky Blues back four – Alex Wilkinson and Michael Zullo – played for City last season so should know better than most the way to stop Fornaroli.

For Brillante, who is going into his first big final, he insists the focus is fully on what his side need to do and not so much the threats in the City squad.

“Off the back of what we’ve done here so far, the vibe is very positive and everyone is going into the game fit and ready to go and bring home some silverware,” the 23-year-old said.

And he says the club has moved on from the disappointment of not getting to host the final, after playing all of their games in the earlier rounds away from home.

“It would have been great for the game to have been at home in front of all the fans and family but no matter where it is you have to go play your best and to win,” Brillante said.

“We’re not too fussed that it’s in Melbourne. AAMI Park is a great stadium as well so it’s not such a big deal.”

Tickets for the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 are on sale now, starting at $25 for adults and $5 for kids.  Click here  for details and to purchase.

 

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Fantastic ticket pricing for FFA Cup final

Tim Cahill scored as Melbourne City thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 in the FFA Cup.

Tim Cahill scored as Melbourne City thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 in the FFA Cup. 

The Westfield FFA Cup final is going to be a huge occasion with an array of stars on show as Melbourne City take on Sydney FC at AAMI Park.

In a boost for the November 30 decider, children’s tickets for the match start from $5, while adult tickets start at just $25 – for a Cup Final!

And family tickets start from just $50.

No individual ticket will cost more than $70 – and that is for Category A and one of the best seats in the house.

That’s pretty good value when you consider the talent that will be on display as City and the Sky Blues fight for the season’s first piece of silverware.

City have been the Hyundai A-League’s entertainers over the early rounds of the season and have a squad choc-full of talent.

As well as Cahill and Fornaroli, there’s Caltex Socceroo Luke Brattan, speedy winger Bruce Kamau and Argentine whiz Fernando Brandan.

But the Sky Blues may just start favourites after winning every match so far this season. Graham Arnold’s side hasn’t conceded a goal on the run to the Westfield FFA Cup final either.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now for what should be a thrilling Westfield FFA Cup final at AAMI Park.

Head here to get your hands on the hottest tickets in town: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=FFACUPGF16

 

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Incredible strikeforces to excite fans in FFA Cup final

Melbourne City star  Bruno Fornaroli and Sydney FC marquee Bobo will be key figures in the Westfield FFA Cup Final.

Melbourne City star Bruno Fornaroli and Sydney FC marquee Bobo will be key figures in the Westfield FFA Cup Final. 

The 2016 Westfield FFA Cup Final looms as an attacking masterclass when Melbourne City and Sydney FC meet in this year’s decider on November 30 at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

Both sides have been prolific en route to the third FFA Cup final and so far in the Hyundai A-League have registered 22 goals between them in five rounds to date.

 

Interestingly, neither team have been reliant on a single goal scorer throughout their FFA Cup progression, with seven different City players contributing to their ten goals.

It’s a similar story with Graham Arnold’s men. They’ve had nine different players find the back of the net among their 11 goal (and they’re yet to concede, too).

It all points to one of the biggest clashes in the Cup’s short history – made all the more intriguing by the fact these two sides will not have squared off in this season’s Hyundai A-League ahead of kick-off.

CAHILL, FORNAROLI, BRANDAN …

Melbourne City’s star power is well known, with the Caltex Socceroos’ all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill and last season’s Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner Bruno Fornaroli leading the line.

However their midfield also packs a punch with an in-form Luke Brattan pulling the strings alongside pocket Argentine dynamos Fernando Brandan and Nicolas Colazo (who should be fit by Cup final night).

Add the pace of Bruce Kamau and Nick Fitzgerald on the flanks, the creativity of Anthony Caceres and guile of Neil Kilkenny in the middle and it’s apparent the attacking options at John van’t Schip’s disposal run deep.

And don’t discount defender Michael Jakobsen, who scored one of the best-ever Cup goals with his audacious overhead kick that triggered a goal-fest against the Wanderers in the quarter-finals.

BOBO, BROSQUE, CARNEY …

Of course the Sky Blues are also a threat with Brazilian marksman Bobo and skipper Alex Brosque leading the way up front.

They’ve been ably supported by the power and flair of Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic, while young duo Josh Brillante and Brandon O’Neill have been motoring on in the midfield engine room.

And you only have to look at David Carney’s contribution off the bench against Victory on the weekend to see the depth at Graham Arnold’s disposal, with Matt Simon also making telling contributions as a sub.

And they’ve got a fit again Bernie Ibini raring to go in the wings, who could yet prove to be a game-changer.

While one goal was good enough to see Adelaide lift the inaugural title in 2014 and Victory put two past Perth in last season’s final, who knows how many goals we’ll see in this season’s final?
One thing is certain it is sure to be an entertaining spectacle  and is one not to be missed!

Tickets for the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 are on sale now, starting at $25 for adults and $5 for kids. Click here for details and to purchase.

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Alex Brosque desperate for FFA Cup final berth

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque only has eyes on a maiden Westfield FFA Cup Final appearance heading in to Wednesday night’s semi-final against Canberra Olympic at Viking Park.

The Sky Blues have to juggle the cup clash and a Hyundai A-League trip to Wellington in the space of a week, however Brosque said coach Graham Arnold has ensured the squad are in the right mind-frame and aren’t dwelling on their consecutive 4-0 league wins.

“Everything that we play for we want to win and that’s the way it should be,” Brosque said.

“Sydney FC has to be a club that goes into every competition wanting to win it and I think the players have really embraced that this year. The players know what’s expected of this club.

“It’s been a great start to the season but Arnie has pulled all our heads in, he doesn’t want us to get carried away with it. We know there’s a lot of improvement in us.

“Wednesday is a good opportunity for us to give everything we have for this game and get into a cup final which would be the first time the club has done it,” he continued.

“We’re ready, we want to win this competition, and we’ll be doing everything we can to win it.

“We’ll do a lot of homework on Canberra, they’ve been great, they haven’t conceded a goal in the whole tournament so they’re obviously defensively good and we’ll have to work out a way to break them down.”

Brosque attributed the Sky Blues’ early run of form to the offseason recruitment, and while the squad’s goal is to carry that form across the whole campaign, Brosque is focussed on ensuring his body is right for the entire season.

“The quality of the players and the depth that we’ve got is what’s behind our early season success at the moment,” he said.

“I definitely think we’ve got a lot of strength all over the park. We’ve got Josh Brillante, Michael Zullo, [Alex] Wilkinson, [Danny] Vukovic, Bobô, half our team that’s been starting our games are new players so I think the quality of the players we’ve brought in have been a huge difference.

“The coaching staff have done a great job to get us right for the start of the season, we’re scoring goals, creating chances and it’s about keeping that run going now.

“For me it’s still about looking after the hamstring, making sure I last all 27 games of the season,” he continued.

“I think the team is doing fantastic. Carney, Ninkovic, Holosko, Bobô, they’re playing excellent, so there’s no reason to change and at the moment I’m happy to play whatever part I can.”

Sydney FC take on Canberra Olympic in the Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final at Viking Park, Wanniassa ACT on Wednesday 19 October (kick off 7:30pm).

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How to get around the FFA Cup!

FFA Cup on Fox Sports

Sunday, 18 September 2016

staff writers
It’s Quarter Final time in the Westfield FFA Cup! Here are all of the ways to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.

The last four spots in the Westfield FFA Cup are on the line and there are plenty of ways to make sure you don’t miss any of the drama from the four Quarter Finals.

GO TO THE GAME

Make a night of it and get to the ground! There’s nothing better than experiencing the magic of Cup football first hand. So if you’re in the vicinity of any of the four venues, go and get amongst it.

WATCH IT ON FOX SPORTS

If you can’t get to the game, the next best place to ensure you don’t miss a minute of the action is to be watching FOX SPORTS.

FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505) will have all of the action from the broadcast matches on both nights, with coverage starting at 7pm AEST.

The broadcast will also include LIVE updates and crosses to the other two Quarter Finals. The draw to determine the match ups for the Semi Finals will also be held on FOX SPORTS on Tuesday 27 September at the conclusion of the last two Quarter Finals.

WATCH THE FOX SPORTS LIVE STREAM

FOX SPORTS will also provide a LIVE stream of the two non-broadcast matches. The streams will be available at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand, on the FOX SPORTS mobile app for iPhone & Android, and on Apple TV & Telstra TV via the FOX SPORTS NOW app..

How to watch the stream

Fans wanting to watch any of the other three non-broadcast matches will need to log in with a FOX SPORTS Digital Subscription, which comes complimentary with any Foxtel Sports Package that has been purchased directly from Foxtel.

To check your eligibility to receive a complimentary FOX SPORTS Digital Subscription, click here: www.foxtel.com.au/foxtelauth/login

To sign up for the FOX SPORTS Digital Subscription, click here: http://www.foxsports.com.au/fox-sports-subscription

Existing Fox Sports or News Limited online subscribers

1 Go to www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand
2 Click on LOGIN in the top left corner of the screen.
3 Type in your email address and password and click on the LOG IN button.

New customers

1 Go to www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand
2 Click on JOIN in the top left corner of the screen.
3 Scroll down to near the bottom of the page and click on SUBSCRIBE by choosing either the $4.99 every 4 weeks option or $49.99/yearly option.
4 Go through the process to sign up for an account.

SOCIAL MEDIA

There will be LIVE updates throughout on the Westfield FFA Cup Twitter channel @FFACup, while you can also follow each of the matches on the official match centre and get half time and full time updates on the competition’s official Facebook page.

LISTEN ON RADIO

Alive 90.5 (90.5FM) will broadcast all of the action of the Blacktown City v Sydney FC Quarter Final.

Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM will have a LIVE broadcast of the match between Melbourne City FC and Western Sydney Wanderers FC.

Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Quarter Finals

MATCH DAY 1

Blacktown City v Sydney FC
Wednesday 21 September 2016
Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park (NSW)
Kick-off:
7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Click here to go to the official Match Centre

TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEST) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505)

Radio Broadcast: Alive 90.5 (90.5FM) and online

Twitter: Follow the match and join the conversation using the hash-tags #BLCvSYD #FFACup

Twitter handles to follow: @FFACup @BlacktownCityFC @SydneyFC

 

Melbourne City FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Wednesday 21 September 2016
AAMI Park, Melbourne (VIC)
Kick-off:
 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Click here to go to the official Match Centre

Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now

Twitter: Follow the match and join the conversation using the hash-tags #MCYvWSW #FFACup

Twitter handles to follow: @FFACup @MelbourneCity @wswanderersfc

 

Bentleigh Greens v Melbourne Victory
Tuesday 27 September 2016
Kingston Heath soccer Complex, Cheltenham (VIC)
Kick-off:
 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Click here to go to the official Match Centre

TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEST) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505)

Twitter: Follow the match and join the conversation using the hash-tags #BGRvMVC #FFACup

Twitter handles to follow: @FFACup @BentleighGreens @gomvfc

 

Canberra Olympic v Green Gully
Wednesday 27 September 2016
Deakin Stadium, Deakin (ACT)
Kick-off:
7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Click here to go to the official Match Centre

Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now

Twitter: Follow the match and join the conversation using the hash-tags #COLvGRG #FFACup

Twitter handles to follow: @FFACup @COFC1956 @GreenGullySC

This article was originally published at: http://www.theffacup.com.au/article/how-to-get-around-the-ffa-cup/1mqbf9lfyxbj11kpn9yeoy6t6s.

 

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Westfield FFA Cup Quarter Final details confirmed

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha celebrates scoring in the FFA Cup Round of 16.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Staff writer
Two tantalizing derbies between powerhouse Member Federation clubs and Hyundai A-League giants Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory will be the hottest tickets in town after Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced the fixture details for the four Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Quarter Finals.

FOX SPORTS will provide full coverage of the two local derbies in New South Wales and Victoria beginning with current PlayStation 4 NPL Champions of Australia Blacktown City taking on Sydney FC on Wednesday 21 September in Edensor Park at the Sydney United Sports Centre.

Then on match night two it’s PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria 2016 Premiers Bentleigh Greens against reigning Cup holders Melbourne Victory from Kingston Heath Soccer Complex in Cheltenham on Tuesday 27 September.

Night one (21 September) will also see the all Hyundai A-League encounter between Melbourne City FC and Western Sydney Wanderers FC at AAMI Park.

Canberra Olympic and Green Gully will be out to continue their Westfield FFA Cup fairy tales when they meet at Deakin Stadium on 27 September.

The match will be Canberra Olympic’s third straight home game in the competition and with a spot in the semi finals on the line it is sure to arouse the interest and excitement of the public in the nation’s capital.

As well as broadcasting the two local derbies in full, FOX SPORTS will provide updates and crosses of the two non-broadcast matches, which will also be streamed LIVE at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV. All matches will kick-off at 7.30pm AEST.

Ticketing information for the Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Quarter Finals will be released soon by each home club. Please visit www.theffacup.com.au for further details.

Westfield FFA Cup 2016 – Quarter Final Fixtures

Date

Home Team

Away Team

Kick-off time (local)

Kick-off time (AEST)

Venue

Match Hashtag

Wed 21 Sep* Blacktown City (NSW)

v

Sydney FC

7:30pm

7:30pm

Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park

#BLCvSYD

Wed 21 Sep Melbourne City FC

v

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

7:30pm

7:30pm

AAMI Park, Melbourne

#MCYvWSW

   

 

 

Tues 27 Sep* Bentleigh Greens (VIC)

v

Melbourne Victory

7:30pm

7:30pm

Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Cheltenham

#BGRvMVC

Tues 27 Sep Canberra Olympic (ACT)

v

Green Gully (VIC)

7:30pm

7:30pm

Deakin Stadium, Deakin ACT

#COLvGRG

Note: Details of fixtures are subject to change

* Broadcast LIVE & EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS

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Hotshot attackers set for FFA Cup opening night

Jamie Carroll

Did you know some of the leading NPL goalscorers are set to light up Westfield FFA Cup’s opening night on July 27?

So, who are these goal machines set to give their clubs a cutting edge in the Cup?

Chris Payne, Sydney United58

For Hyundai A-League fans, it’s a familiar name. Payne was on the books at Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets.

The former Lucas Neill Scholarship holder has had a rollercoaster career but now under Mark Rudan’s guidance at ladder-leading United, we’re really seeing his talents emerge.

With 14 goals so far this season, 25-year-old Payne is currently the top goal-scorer in the PS4 NPL NSW and clearly young enough to make it again in the A-League.

United face local rivals Blacktown City away on the opening night of the FFA Cup.

Keigo Moriyasu, Edgeworth Eagles FC

A viral sensation after his wickedly swerving set-piece was a hit on YouTube recently, the Japanese attacker is leading Northern NSW’s PS4 NPL goal charts with 14 goals.

There is a whole lot of talk about the pocket-rocket being able to step up to the A-League – even though he is a visa player.

And playing alongside veteran striker Daniel McBreen can only help the 22-year-old son of former Japan great Hajime Moriyasu).

Edgeworth FC head to Cairns to face FNQ Heat on the opening night of the FFA Cup… who have their own goal machine.

Jamie Carroll, Far North Queensland Heat

Carroll has been tearing it up for some time up North.

And with 13 goals to date this season, the new Heat club captain is also on top of the goal-scorers’ ladder in the PS4 NPL QLD with his pace from wide positions.

The Mareeba junior, now 26 (who had a stint with English outfit Ramsgate FC in recent years) could also be a handy pick up for any A-League club. Heat’s clash with Edgeworth on the opening night of the FFA Cup could be Carroll’s showcase. Rhys Meredith, Brisbane Strikers Hot on the heels of Heat striker Carroll is Rhys Meredith with 12 goals in the PS4 NPL QLD. Meredith, 28, from the Gold Coast, had a stint with South Melbourne but is ripping it up with the Brisbane club as they chase Heat in the league.

 

Strikers make the long journey to Darwin to face Rovers on the opening night of the FFA Cup.

 

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Results wrap ahead of FFA Cup opening night – Updated news

Sydney United enjoyed a 2-0 win over Parramatta FC over the weekend. Image: Football NSW

In the penultimate weekend of action before the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 kicks off on July 27, here’s how the eight opening night teams did.

Pascoe Vale 2 Hume City 1

A disappointing loss for Hume at Vale’s CB Smith Reserve with the home side 2-0 up inside the first 20 minutes. Hume’s Kym Harris, assisted by Nick Hegarty, grabbed a late goal but it was too little too late for the boys from the ABD Stadium. Hume will face Marconi Stallions in the Round of 32 at home.

Fraser Park 3 Marconi Stallions 1 After an incredible 4-4 draw last week, the Stallions couldn’t find a win this week, losing to Fraser Park.

Parramatta FC 0 Sydney United58 2 United travelled to Melita Stadium on the weekend and after taking a 2-0 lead at the break through Glen Trifiro and Chris Payne, Mark Rudan’s men were able to hold onto their lead in the second half to maintain their fine form in NSW. United will face Blacktown City in the opening night of the FFA Cup Round of 32 in a real western Sydney derby.  Wollongong Wolves 2 Blacktown City 3 City was on the south coast of NSW and it was a cracker. City took a 3-1 lead into the break thanks to Antelmi, Macura and Major. And they held on against a gallant Wolves who scored a second late on.  Hamilton Olympic FC 3 Edgeworth Eagles FC 1 A huge clash in NNSW saw Olympic back on top of the league after this win. Swan, Goodchild (2) scored for the home side. Aden Gardner with the Eagles’ reply.

*Far North Queensland Heat did not play, as this was a designated catch-up week.  Brisbane Strikers 1 Redlands 0 Brisbane Strikers, who make the trip to face Darwin Rovers FC on the opening night, have moved to within one point of the league leaders in NPL QLD after holding out Redlands United 1-0 at Cleveland Showgrounds. Fraser Hills struck the decisive blow in the first-half, converting a cutback from Hiroki Omori inside half an hour for his seventh goal of the season.  Darwin Rovers FC 3 Casuarina FC 4 At the Darwin football stadium, a seven-goal thriller saw Rovers lose out to Casuarina just a week after Rovers edged Hellenic in another seven-goal thriller. Rovers held a 3-2 lead against Casuarina but the northern suburbs outfit powered home to score twice in the second term in this entertaining Darwin’s Men’s Premier League clash.

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Results wrap ahead of FFA Cup opening night

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Josh Bennett @JoshBennett50
With the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 kicking off in just over two weeks, we update weekend results for all eight teams that’ll feature on opening night of the Cup on July 27.

We start in Newcastle where Edgeworth FC continued their impressive form with a 2-0 win over Broadmeadow Magic.

And it was the 22-year-old Japanese sensation Keigo Moriyasu who made the difference.

He came on around the hour mark and provided a crucial assist to help break the deadlock before netting himself in stoppage time to seal the win.

 

The attacker is developing quite a reputation after a stellar season for Damian Zane’s outfit with teammate and former Mariners star Daniel McBreen calling for a Hyundai A-League club to take a punt on him.

Edgeworth, who gave Melbourne City a major scare in the Round of 32 in 2015,  lead the PS4 Northern NSW NPL after 13 rounds having suffered just the one defeat.

They will be quietly confident of progressing to the Round of 16 when they travel to tackle FNQ Heat on the opening night of the FFA Cup on July 27.

As for Heat, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Brisbane City in the PS4 NPL QLD over the weekend with prolific Jamie Carroll netting in the final four minutes to rescue a point for the hosts.
The Cairns-based outfit lead Queensland’s premier competition ahead of Brisbane Strikers and have qualified for the Round of 32 for the third straight year, though they have yet to make the last 16.

However Strikers, who face Darwin Rovers away in the Round of 32 on July 27, suffered a shock 2-1 loss at home to Olympic FC on Saturday.  The loss meant they missed the chance to close the gap on the Heat.

Rovers meanwhile continue to impress in their first season in the Darwin Premier League, downing heavyweights Hellenic 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller over the weekend.

The win helped Rovers jump into second place on the table, though the undefeated Darwin Olympic remain on top 14 points clear.

Sydney United 58 appear to be hitting form at the right time after clinching silverware over the weekend with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manly United in the Waratah Cup Final.

Yutaro Shin’s 46th minute strike was enough for Mark Rudan’s side to claim the knockout competition, with the PS4 NPL NSW front-runners looking in ominous form ahead of their FFA Cup clash with Blacktown City. Blacktown had the weekend off but remain United’s closest rivals six points adrift on the ladder, with both sides enjoying a win apiece in their two clashes against each other this season. NPL 2 outfit Marconi Stallions came from three goals down to secure an incredible 4-4 draw with Bankstown Berries on Saturday with former A-League striker Mirjan Pavlovic netting a double for the hosts. Stallions’ Round of 32 opponents Hume City enjoyed a 3-0 win over Melbourne Knights over the weekend with Tom Cahill netting a brace at ABD Stadium.  The 2015 FFA Cup semi-finalists remain in fourth spot in the PS4 NPL VIC, nine points adrift of Bentleigh Greens.

 

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Can Hume City repeat their FFA Cup fairytale?

Hume City players celebrate following their 3-2 extra time win over Oakleigh Cannons in 2015.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Michael Huguenin
Last year’s Westfield FFA Cup fairytale club Hume City appear to be timing their run perfectly again for the 2016 edition.

Hume are on a five-game unbeaten streak in NPL Victoria and after an indifferent start to the season they have surged up the table into fourth, with coach Lou Acevski claiming they haven’t given up on the title.

Having reached the FFA Cup semi-finals in 2015, Hume hope to make an impact on the national stage again this year, having generally cruised through qualifying to the Round of 32.

 

After a tight 1-0 win over third-tier club Brunswick City to begin their FFA Cup qualifying campaign, Acevski’s side defeated Dandenong Thunder 3-1, Malvern City 4-0 and Richmond 4-0.

With the Round of 32 draw to be held on Thursday and the competition to start on July 26, Acevski is very happy with how Hume are performing.

 

“This whole month in June we’ve gone undefeated,” he told Goal Australia.

“The form is really, really picking up now.”

In the national rounds of the FFA Cup last year, Hume claimed two of the most exciting wins in the competition’s short history.

In the Round of 32, Hume came from behind twice to beat Brisbane Strikers 4-3 in extra-time, while in the quarter-finals they also needed an extra half-hour to overcome Oakleigh Cannons 3-2.

While being forced to hold their semi-final against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park cost the club financially, according to Acevski, the national exposure the FFA Cup gave Hume has helped him considerably when recruiting players.

“They know about Hume City, they saw our run,” he said.

“You know, you’re on Fox Sports, you’re on local radio, you’re on mainstream radio, newspapers… and players wanted to come to Hume City because of that run.”

 

Hume’s involvement in the 2015 FFA Cup ended with a 3-0 loss to eventual champions Victory, and Acevski knows his side had their fair share of luck, which he hopes will continue on Thursday.

“We had a very favourable draw last season in relation to playing all our games at home,” Acevski said.

“I believe that’s an advantage, particularly against interstate clubs. They don’t know what your ground’s like, they don’t know their surroundings.”

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