FFA Cup preview: Hume City v Oakleigh Cannons

Two PS4 NPL Victoria clubs with a Westfield FFA Cup semi-final as the prize – this is the biggest night of their respective histories. Who will write another fabulous chapter in their Cup fairytale?

MATCH DETAILS

Hume City v Oakleigh Cannons

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

ABD Stadium, Meadow Heights (VIC)

Kick-off:  7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

 

Referee:  Adam Fielding

Assistant Referee   1:  Luke Brennan

Assistant Referee   2:  Ryan Gallagher

Fourth Official:  Wilson Brown

AAR 1:  Jonathan Barreiro

AAR 2:  Patrick Chaplin

Tickets:   Click here  for ticketing details

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

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Hume City squad:  1.Chris OLDFIELD (gk), 3.Shaun TIMMINS, 4.Isyan ERDOGAN, 7.Jai INGHAM, 8.Theodore MARKELIS, 11.Ivan PAVLAK, 12.Daniel CLARK, 13.Shane REXHEPI, 15.Liam NEWMAN, 16.Matthew HENNESSEY, 17.Marcus SCHROEN, 20.Tom BANFIELD (gk), 21.Nikos JACKSON, 23.Josh MARKOVSKI, 34.Jordan FAHIM, 39.Nicholas HEGARTY

Oakleigh Cannons squad:  1.Evan KRALOGLOU (gk), 2.Rowan McNAMEE, 4.Theo PAPAGEORGIOU, 5.Aron WILFORD, 6.Steve PANTELIDIS, 8.Dusan BOSNJAK, 10.Dean PIEMONTE, 11.Kofi DANNING, 12.Tremayne SADLER, 14.Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 15.Jake McLEAN, 16.Sean ROONEY, 18.Adam LE CORNU, 19.Goran ZORIC, 22.Matthew FOSCHINI, 35.Carlos LOAIZA (gk), 76.Lajos HUN (gk)

 

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

Victoria has become an FFA Cup powerbase with five clubs in the last eight from the southern state.

Here, two ambitious PS4 NPL outfits meet and, on paper, you’d say Hume at home would be favourites to make a dream semi final.

It’s become a Cup fortress the ABD Stadium as the team rides the Cup wave all the way.

Schroen, Markelis, Ingham, Clark, Hegarty… they’re becoming household names around the Cup’s traps these days.

Hume only lost 4-3 to Victory in a friendly last week with the result in the balance till very late.

It all adds up to Hume being clear favourites.

But the reality is, Oakleigh are peaking at just the right time. Never mind their underwhelming league record this year – not to mention an 8-0 drubbing by Melbourne City in a recent friendly – they will be hugely difficult to knock off.

In the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16, the Cannons had arguably the result of the round going to SA and knocking off MetroStars, No easy feat.

They’ll have players back in key positions and a core of former Hyundai A-League names (Danning, Pantelidis, Rooney and Foschini) to call upon when the pressure ramps up on the big night (not to mention a smart coach in Arthur Papas).

In their way is the attack-minded Hume who’ve wowed fans with their show-stopping displays. At home they’ll ride the emotion of the night and look to score more than the Cannons.

Who’ll hold their nerve on this the biggest night in their respective histories? This could be a spectacle of epic proportions.

WHAT THEY SAY

Arthur Papas (Oakleigh Cannons Coach) ” On Cup night with all the pressure and crowd, what’s happened prior is irrelevant. And unlocking their back four… they are weakened in the back four right now. They are missing two key defenders and in my front line and I have the likes of Sean Rooney, Pavlovic, Danning to name just three. I’d like to put their back four under pressure and see how they cope.”

Jai Ingham (Hume City striker) –  “A huge amount of confidence,” Ingham said of the Victory match which they lost 4-3.  “To be leading 3-2 into the 90 th  minute was huge against the best club in Australia. For us to do that, we were very happy.”

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

HUME CITY

League:  PS4 NPL Victoria

Current ladder position: Finished fifth in PS4 NPL Victoria

Latest result:  Lost to Melbourne Victory 4-3 in a friendly

Who to watch out for:  Theo Markelis

Official site:    http://humecityfc.com/

 

OAKLEIGH CANNONS

League:  PS4 NPL Victoria

Current ladder position:  Finished 11 th  in the NPL this season

Latest result:  Lost 8-0 to Melbourne City in a friendly

Who to watch out for:  Dean Piemonte

Official site:   www.oakleighcannonsfc.com.au

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FFA Cup preview: Hume City v Sydney Olympic

Hume City players before kick-off in their Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash against Brisbane Strikers.

Two ambitious PS4 NPL clubs, two evenly matched sides, this has the hallmarks of a Westfield FFA Cup classic at a packed ABD Stadium in Melbourne.

Hume City v Sydney Olympic

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

ABD Stadium, Meadow Heights (VIC)

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis

Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown

Fourth Official: Brad Hobson

AAR 1: Lucien Laverdure

AAR 2: Shaun Evans

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Radio Broadcast: 3XY Radio (1422AM)

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

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Hume City squad: 1.Chris OLDFIELD (gk), 3.Shaun TIMMINS, 4.Isyan ERDOGAN, 5.Peter FRANJIC, 7.Jai INGHAM, 8.Theodore MARKELIS, 10.Joseph FRANJIC, 11.Ivan PAVLAK, 12.Daniel CLARK, 13.Shane REXHEPI, 15.Liam NEWMAN, 16.Matthew HENNESSEY, 17.Marcus SCHROEN, 19.Sammy BENINATO, 20.Tom BANFIELD (gk), 21.Nikos JACKSON, 23.Josh MARKOVSKI, 25.Sam CHAABANI, 34.Jordan FAHIM, 37.Jonas MARKOVSKI, 38.Danny FEDERICO, 39.Nicholas HEGARTY

Sydney Olympic squad: 1.Paul HENDERSON (gk), 2.Brayden SORGE, 3.Troy DANASKOS, 4.Brendan HOOPER, 5.Yianni SPYRAKIS, 6.Ryan KEIR, 8.Jason MADONIS, 9.Dimitri HATZIMOURATIS, 10.Harris GAITATZIS, 11.Scott BALDERSON, 12.Daniel SADAKA (gk), 14.Peter MARKOVIC, 15.Leigh EGGER, 18.Taiga SOEDA, 19.Go SHIRAI, 22.Michael GAITATZIS, 60.Tolgay OZBEY

**Please note the draw for the Westfield FFA Cup Quarter Finals will be conducted tomorrow night on FOX SPORTS (Channel 503) after the regulation time of the four matches.**

 

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

For Olympic, they’ve been battling glory on two fronts. But on the weekend, they lost their NPL NSW minor semi-final to Sydney Tigers 1-0.

Now, they must forget that reversal as they fly off to Melbourne as the FFA Cup takes centre stage.

And with the experience of winning away on a freezing night in Canberra in the FFA Cup Round of 32 still fresh in their memory, they’ll fancy their chances of ruining the party at the ABD.

Needless to say, Hume are in a happy place right now. The FFA Cup is supercharging interest in the northern Melbourne club and they are very much revelling in the extra attention.

More importantly, on the pitch they are proving to be a tough unit, full of vigour and passion after an epic 4-3 win over Brisbane Strikers in the Round of 32 FFA Cup. And on Friday night, a stirring shootout win in the NPL finals series (which saw keeper Chris Oldfield save a staggering four pens!) was the ideal boost going into such an important game.

It’s hard to separate these two sides in a clash that go beyond 90 minutes in front of what should be a packed stadium in Meadow Heights.

WHAT THEY SAY

Shane Rexhepie (Hume City defender)

“The boys love it. We don’t get these opportunities every day. We just want to keep progressing and hopefully be the first NPL club to win the FFA Cup.”

Grant Lee (Sydney Olympic coach)

“If we get a decent bit of recovery, and the right opponent, we might go a little further [in the Cup]. I hope so… it’d be nice for the club. We’ve had a bit of a bad patch in the middle of the season, more mental than physical, and over the last six weeks we’ve got over it and built up very nicely.”

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

HUME CITY

League: PS4 NPL Victoria

Current ladder position: Fifth in PS4 NPL Victoria

Latest result:  Defeated Melbourne Knights in an Elimination Final 2-2 (2-0 in shootout)

Who to watch out for: Marcus Schroen

Official site: humecityfc.com

SYDNEY OLYMPIC

League: PS4 NPL NSW

Current ladder position: Fourth in PS4 NPL NSW

Latest result: Lost to Sydney Tigers in Minor Semi Final 1-0.

Who to watch out for: Michael Gaitatzis

Official site www.sydneyolympicfc.com.au

 

Football Federation Australia

FFA Cup Preview: Hume City v Brisbane Strikers

Hume City have had an enjoyable ride to the round of 32.

The Queensland powerhouse will fancy their chances though the home side have a classy forward who the Strikers will remember, making this an intriguing night in Melbourne’s west on Wednesday night.

MATCH DETAILS 

Hume City v Brisbane Strikers

Wednesday, 29 July 2014

ABD Stadium (Broadmeadows Valley Park), Meadow Heights (VIC)

Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Brown

Assistant Referee 2: Jordan English

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

 

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

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Hume City squad: 1.Chris OLDFIELD (gk), 3.Shaun TIMMINS, 4.Isyan ERDOGAN, 5.Peter FRANJIC, 7.Jai INGHAM, 8.Theodore MARKELIS, 10.Joseph FRANJIC, 11.Ivan PAVLAK, 12.Daniel CLARK, 13.Shane REXHEPI, 15.Liam NEWMAN, 16.Matthew HENNESSEY, 17.Marcus SCHROEN, 19.Sam BENINATO, 20.Tom BANFIELD (gk), 21.Nikos JACKSON-TSEREXIDIS, 23.Josh  MARKOVSKI, 25.Samuel CHAABANI, 30.Aydin SAYAN (gk), 31.Kristian TRAJCESKI, 34.Jordan FAHIM, 37.Jonas MARKOVSKI, 38.Danny FEDERICO, 39.Nicholas HEGARTY

Brisbane Strikers squad: 1.Xander GWYNN-JONES (gk), 2.Christopher MAHER, 3.Scot COULSON, 4.David SALIN, 5.Greg HENSLEE, 6.Joshua AHERN, 7.Keenan DUIMPIES, 8.Michael ANGUS, 9.Luke MARSH, 10.Apai UKUNO, 11.Sam KNIGHT, 12.Greg KING, 13.Cameron DRAPER, 14.Joshua MCVEY, 15.Fraser HILLS, 16.Jesse WEIMERS, 17.Bradley SAVAGE, 18.Trent CLULOW, 19.Jheison MACUACE, 20.Fraser CHALMERS (gk), 21.Jake MARSHALL, 30.Michael TURNBULL (gk)

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

A huge crowd at the new-look Valley Park Broadmeadows is assured as first-time Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 outfit Hume City host last season’s round of 16 surprise packet, Brisbane Strikers.

The Queensland club made history in 2014, winning the first-ever FFA cup watched broadcast live on Fox Sports and would love another Cup-run on the national stage.

But Hume City has swept all before them on the way to the last 32 and their counter-attacking game is both effective and eye-catching. And they feature Daniel Clark, a former NPL Queensland striker, in great form as well as Jai Ingham also formerly of the Sunshine State.

Buckle in for a rip-roaring affair on a blockbuster Match Day 1.

 

WHAT THEY SAY

Nick Hegarty (Hume City attacking midfielder)

“The FFA Cup creates the excitement and for every footballer at whatever level, he has the chance of playing on the big stage.

“Everyone dreams of the finances that come with a good FFA Cup run but most importantly for our club here in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and we’ve got to get our name out there.

“We’ve got to be the local hub for everybody in the local area. If we can put some good results together it’ll help bring fans to our club to support us week in week out for the next 50-100 years.”

Jonti Richter (Brisbane Strikers club captain)

“With the Strikers being a former national league side, we want to do well to carry on that legacy.

“But even from the club’s standpoint at the moment, the further we go the better it looks for Brisbane Strikers, for the Queensland NPL and Queensland as a whole.

“We are going to do our best.”

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

HUME CITY FC

League: PS4 NPL Victoria

Current ladder position: 6th – won 11/ drawn 5 / lost 6

Latest result: Lost 3-1 away to mid-table Green Gully on Saturday.

Who to watch out for: Daniel Clark

 

BRISBANE STRIKERS

League: PS4 NPL Queensland

Current ladder position: 1st – won 11 / drawn 4 / lost 2

Latest result: Fought out a gritty 1-0 win at home against third-placed Olympic FC last Tuesday night.

Who to watch out for: Jheison Macuace

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Hume City tackle Kingston City on Wednesday night for a spot in the round of 32

Hume City tackle Kingston City on Wednesday night for a spot in the round of 32.

Hume City hope they have learned the lessons of 2014 and won’t blow the chance to make the Westfield FFA Cup round of 32 on Wednesday night.

For the second year in a row, Victorian NPL club Hume take on lower-league opposition in the final round of qualifying for the national competition.

Last year they fell victim to third-tier State League giant-killers South Springvale, who went on to make the last 16 of the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup.

 

This year it’s Kingston City that stand in the way of Lou Acevski’s side and they are determined not to let this opportunity slip.

“It’s that good old saying that you don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it,” Acevski told the Hume Leader ahead of Wednesday’s match at Broadmeadows Valley Park.

“The opportunity that we had last year, we sort of took it for granted a little bit and unfortunately didn’t go past South Springvale.

“If you’ve got ambition to play at a higher standard, you want to put yourself in that shop window.

“Even if you’re an experienced player that’s got no ambition to move up to a higher standard, you still want to play on the best possible platform available to you.”

Hume City take some inconsistent form into the clash but should have too much quality for Kingston City, who play in the NPL1 East.

“We’ll have the right attitude, the right preparation and hopefully be able to do the job on Kingston,” Acevski said.

“The boys are doing well. There’s a lot of games being played, it is taking a toll of their bodies but we’re doing the right things.”

Victoria’s other qualifying clash sees former NSL powerhouse Heidelberg United host the Goulburn Valley Suns.

Heidelberg are currently third in the NPL – having lost 4-0 to league-leaders Bentleigh Greens on Friday night – but will start warm favourites against another NPL 1 outfit.

The winners of the two matches will join South Melbourne and Oakleigh Cannons as Victorian regional clubs in the round of 32.

For all the latest Westfield FFA Cup fixtures and results head to www.theffacup.com.au

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