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

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #HCIvSOL

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.**



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.


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.”




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


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

Sydney Olympic coach Grant Lee proud after FFA Cup win over Gungahlin United

Michael Gaitatzis scored the winner for Sydney Olympic.

Sydney Olympic coach Grant Lee said the icy conditions and heavy pitch made for a tough night but was proud of his players after their hard-earned 1-0 win over Gungahlin in the Westfield FFA Cup on Tuesday night.

Olympic’s hero was Michael Gaitatzis. His moment of magic broke the deadlock inside the last 10 minutes of tough clash in the capital.

His smashing left-foot shot from the edge of the box sent Olympic into raptures. The Sydney club held on for a hard-earned 1-0 win in this round of 32 FFA Cup tie in Canberra.

“Very happy with it. It is very difficult and playing these types of games. It’s Cup football,” Olympic coach Grant Lee told Fox Sports after the game

“A very wet and heavy pitch and even with screw-in [boots] you could see the boys slipping around.

“We’ve had a pretty good run of late [in the PS4 NPL NSW] so they handled it well. And in the second half we probably dominated more and a little more controlled and how we went about things.

“Gungahlin put up a very good fight.”

Now, for Olympic, the chance of going further than the Round of 16 is the goal. Can they do it?

Lee believed they can but there were a few factors that needed to fall in Olympic’s favour.

“First of all it could be a very tough opponent. If you play an A-League side it’s going to have a lot of pressure [attached to that sort of game].

“And other things didn’t help us last year after we’d played the grand final 48 hours before we played.

“If we get a decent bit of recovery, and the right opponent we might go a little bit further. I hope so… it’d be nice for the club.”

Football Federation Australia

Gungahlin United hoping to upset Sydney Olympic’s FFA Cup campaign

August 3, 2015 – 10:03PM

David Polkinghorne


Gungahlin United players  
Dustin Wells, Shane Murray and coach Claudio Canosa ahead of their match against Sydney Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup.

Gungahlin United players Dustin Wells, Shane Murray and coach Claudio Canosa ahead of their match against Sydney Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A freak goal got Gungahlin United midfielder Shane Murray more than 151,000 hits on YouTube, but he’s hoping to be part of something even bigger against Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.

His coach Claudio Canosa said a strong Gungahlin showing could lay the foundation for Canberra getting a team in the A-League.

United are $9 underdogs against Olympic ($1.25), but Murray said it’s “11 v 11” and anyone can win a knockout cup game.

Gungahlin United's Shane Murray at Gungahlin Oval ahead of their match against Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup.

Gungahlin United’s Shane Murray at Gungahlin Oval ahead of their match against Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup. Photo: Rohan Thomson

He grew up in Dublin and he spent four years with Sheffield United before returning home to Ireland.

It’s where he scored a freak goal from a corner on a “typical Irish day”  that become a YouTube hit.

Some of the 23-year-old’s cousins moved to Canberra and then an online chat sparked his interest in following them to the nation’s capital.

Murray had an eye-opening start to his time in the Canberra Premier League, getting a four-week suspension in a pre-season friendly after he was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle.

“Handbags” were drawn and supporters jumped the fence, but Murray was hit the hardest.

His goal was also hit hard on YouTube.

“It was a typical Irish day, lashing rain and the wind, I tried to just hang it in the wind, but the minute I hit I said to the linesman, ‘This is going in’ and the linesman looked at me,” Murray said.

“It was good the way it blew up, got a lot of views, it was a good laugh.

“It was just a corner [not a shot], but I tried to put it on the line, I didn’t say I was trying to hit the top corner – it was half and half.”

Canosa played more than 200 games in the National Soccer League, the pre-cursor to the A-League, and he wanted the FFA Cup to be springboard for Canberra to return to the top flight of Australian soccer.

He played for West Adelaide and the Morwell Falcons in the NSL, and played against the Canberra Cosmos.

Canosa said while it was Gungahlin United that was playing against Olympic, they were representing Canberra and he wanted the ACT to get behind his team

He also wanted Canberra’s renowned winter to come to the party and give the Sydneysiders a chilly reception.

“We are Gungahlin United, but we want to do really well for Canberra. There’s a little bit of Canberra versus Sydney,” Canosa said.

“We hope that tomorrow is -5 degree and they feel the cold.

“We hope that there’s enough quality and potential here [in the ACT] to have a team in the A-League  and this game can help.”

Olympic have former Canberra FC midfielder Ryan Keir in their squad.


Tuesday: Gungahlin United v Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed, 7.30pm. Tickets available from trybooking.com.

Gungahlin United squad: 1.Jason Denham (gk), 2.Alex Moscaritolo, 3.Dustin Wells, 4.Jack Green,5.Nathan Tidmarsh, 6.Stephen Dominici, 7.Regan Walsh, 8.Shane Murray, 9.Daniel Barac, 10.Josh Gaspari, 11.Jeremy Habtemariam, 12.Danny Krajacic, 14.Liam Walsh, 15.Adam de Franceschi,17.Josh Parisi, 18.Tony Madafari, 20.Hassan Kamara, 21.Costandi Fallas (gk), 22.Michael John, 24.Josh Lagudah (gk), 55.Tal Evans.

Sydney Olympic squad: 1.Paul Henderson (gk), 2.Brayden Sorge, 3.Troy Danaskos, 4.Brendan Hooper, 5.Yianni Spyrakis, 6.Ryan Keir, 7.William Angel, 8.Jason Madonis, 9.Dimitri Hatzimouratis, 10.Harris Gaitatzis, 11.Scott Balderson, 12.Daniel Sadaka (gk), 14.Peter Markovic, 15.Leigh Egger, 16.Howard Fondyke, 17.James Andrew, 18.Taiga Soeda, 19.Go Shirai, 21.John Dimitrakas (gk), 22.Michael Gaitatzis, 26.Jack Green, 27.Oliver Green, 33.Nikolas Tsattalios, 44.Cohan Morris, 60.Tolgay Ozbey.

The Sydney Morning Herakd

Umbro launch official Westfield FFA Cup ball

The Umbro Neo 150 Elite has been unveiled as the official match ball for the Westfield FFA Cup 2014.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Umbro today announced the Umbro Neo 150 Elite as official match ball for the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 – and the ball will be available for purchase at selected retail outlets.

Ryan Pittaway, Umbro Brand Manager Australia said he is thrilled \ Umbro will be partnering with the FFA for the Westfield FFA Cup.

“The growth of football in Australia and the strength of the local competition is a perfect match for our brand – which celebrates its 90th birthday this year,” he said.

“Our partnership with the FFA and the Westfield FFA Cup is what we hope will be the start of a long and successful relationship supporting the growth of the beautiful game in Australia.”

20 of the 32 teams for the first round of the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 are now known with the remaining clubs to be determined over the course of the next month before the Round of 32 draw on Friday 27 June 2014.

The Umbro Neo 150 Elite Match Ball has a traditional looking football design with modern features.

It is constructed with 14 panels, a tri-pli linings system and a Teijin outer shell to maximise power and control.

Umbro, the ‘Official Ball Supplier of the Westfield FFA Cup’, will supply the Umbro Neo 150 Elite Match Ball to all participating clubs and make it available for football fans at selected retail outlets.

FFA CEO David Gallop expressed his delight at securing the Umbro Neo 150 Elite as the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 official match ball.

“To have an international company with the footballing pedigree of Umbro supply the official match ball for the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup competition is an exciting prospect,” said Gallop.

“We look forward to working with Umbro for this inaugural edition of the Westfield FFA Cup and beyond.”

The official broadcast partner of the Westfield FFA Cup, Fox Sports, will broadcast the Round of 32 draw live and exclusive. Fox Sports’ coverage of the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 will include a minimum of 10 matches from the Round of 32 onwards, including all four Quarter Finals, both Semi Finals and the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Final.

Key details

Umbro Neo 150 Elite features

·         FIFA Approved

·         14 panels

·         latex bladder

·         A tri-pli linings system

·         Teijin outer shell

Westfield FFA Cup 2014 – qualified clubs as at 3 June 2014

Hyundai A-League

Adelaide United

Brisbane Roar

Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne Heart

Melbourne Victory

Newcastle Jets

Perth Glory

Sydney FC

Wellington Phoenix

Western Sydney Wanderers

Football NSW

Sydney Olympic

South Coast Wolves

Manly United

Blacktown City

Football Queensland

Brisbane Strikers

Olympic FC

Capital Football

Tuggeranong United FC

Football Federation South Australia

Adelaide City

Football West

Stirling Lions SC

Bayswater City SC

Key Dates of the Westfield FFA Cup 2014

Event Date
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Round of 32 Friday, 27 June 2014
Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Round of 32 matches commence Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Round of 16 Thursday, 21 August 2014
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Quarter Finals Thursday, 25 September 2014
Live Draw of Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Semi Finals Thursday, 6 November 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Final 2014 Activities W/C Monday, 8 December 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final 2014 (1) Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final 2014 (2) Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Westfield FFA Cup Final 2014 Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Source : Football Federation Australia

IGA National Premier League New South Wales Mens 1 Round 2 Preview

Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:46 PM

IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 Round 2 Preview

It is a bumper week for the NPL IGA NSW Mens 1 competition, featuring two matches of the round.

The first is on Saturday night when APIA-Leichhardt Tigers host Marconi Stallions at the newly renovated Lambert Park. A huge crowd is expected and with a number of special guests from sport and government, it promises to be a special occasion.

The second match of the round is on Sunday afternoon when Sydney Olympic host Blacktown Spartans, a match that will see the debut of their guest signing Sotirios Kyrgiakos.


APIA-Leichhardt Tigers v Marconi Stallions, 7pm at Lambert Park

The grand old ground is new again.

Lambert Park has undergone a facelift and a makeover and is back in full working order for the 2014 season. They will open the new facility with a bang, an Italian derby against their great rivals of years gone by, Marconi Stallions.

APIA-Leichhardt head into the match on the back of a first round draw with St George Saints, a performance that Billy McColl suggested could have been a bit more polished.

There is no doubt that APIA could turn a few heads this season and in Michael West, Brad Bartels and Stephen Kayes there are a few familiar faces to go with the new, Aman Hadid and Daniel Fogarty among them.

Marconi’s round one match against Manly United was washed out, so they are short of match practice heading into his one. They won’t be short of motivation though against their arch-rivals and having won the grand final in 2012, they will want to get back to that form under new coach Darren Iocca.


Sydney Olympic v Blacktown Spartans, 5pm at Belmore Sports Ground

Sydney Olympic welcomed Sotirios Kyrgiakos with much fanfare during the week. The former Greek international won 64 caps for the national team in an eight year international career, and he made a number of appearances Panathanaikos, Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt, AEK Athens and Liverpool.

He will make the first of two appearances for Sydney Olympic on Sunday afternoon and after their upset victory over Sydney United 58 last week, they will be on a high for the occasion.

Olympic were too good and showed the progress that they’ve made after a full preseason under Grant Lee, after the disruptions of 2013.

Spartans though are coming into this match on the back of one of the most sensational results in recent times, their 6-1 demolition of Sutherland Sharks in round one.

Nathan Millgate scored a hat trick in that one as Spartans put Sutherland to the sword, taking advantage of the absence of their captain Nick Stavroulakis and their first choice goalkeeper Nathan Denham.

There is also the sub-plot of a having a number of ex-Olympic players in their ranks. Many found a home at Spartans following the fallout at Belmore last year, so for Phil Makrys, Brett Studman, Emmanuel Giannaros and off season signing Kingsley Williams, it will be an interesting return “home” this weekend.



Sutherland Sharks v South Coast Wolves, 7:30pm at Seymour Shaw Park

There is only one other game on Saturday night and it will be an all-south affair between Sutherland Sharks and South Coast Wolves.

Both sides were humbled last week, Sharks going down 6-1 at Blacktown Spartans and Wolves losing 5-0 at home to Blacktown City.

There are better ways to kick off a season and both sides will be looking to wipe the slate clean and start afresh in this one.

Sutherland at least will be boosted by the return of Nick Stavroulakis to midfield but he alone cannot change Sharks’ fortunes. They will need to show far better all round application and diligence this weekend.

Wolves likewise were terrible last weekend, but will be hopeful of putting that down to a one-off performance rather than a match that will have a lasting impression on the construction of their season.


St George v Blacktown City, 3pm at WIN Jubilee Oval

St George returned to the NPL IGA NSW Mens 1 competition last weekend and secured a point first up against APIA-Leichhardt Tigers.

Both their goals were scored by Juan Chavez, the captain and winner of the 2013 Golden Boot in the Mens 2 competition. Manny Spanoudakis’ side showed much promise in a 15’ minute spell in the second half, but will need to improve again to match it with the best in this year’s competition.

Blacktown City found it very easy going against South Coast Wolves last weekend and they will be very keen to make it six points from six at WIN Jubilee Oval.

Mark Crittenden’s side had a disappointing 2013 but took a great first step to consigning that to history in round one and they won’t get many better chances to start the season on the right foot.

Rockdale City Suns v Sydney United 58, 3pm at Ilinden Sports Centre

The master hosts the apprentice as Branko Culina’s Rockdale City take on Mark Rudan’s Sydney United 58 on Sunday afternoon.

The fortunes of these two sides varied widely in round one, Rockdale City taking an excellent 2-0 win away to competition favourites Bonnyrigg White Eagles last weekend, while United went down to Sydney Olympic.

Culina made the decisive turn in that match, sending on both Ben Cornish and Nick Taneski, who scored within minutes of their respective introductions. They had frustrated Bonnyrigg for most of the match and in the end deserved their win.

United meanwhile were very poor against Olympic, not withstanding the fact that they were light on players. Of particular interest will be the return of Diego Barcena (if available) to face the club where he made his NPL name with a number of stellar performances last year, especially in the finals run.

United will still be without Glen Trifiro, who scored for the Central Coast Mariners on the weekend and it is a loss that will very much affect their midfield, as Trifiro was one of the best players in the competition last season.

Manly United v Bonnyrigg White Eagles, 3:15pm at Cromer Park

Manly United host Bonnyrigg White Eagles to open their season after the round one washout at Marconi Stadium.

Manly was much improved in the IGA Preseason Cup and with Chris Payne on board up front they have a potent front man on which to base their hopes. With Dylan Mitchell, Scott Balderson and Graeme Forbes back on board for another year, Manly have the ability to turn some heads.

They face a tough opening task against Bonnyrigg White Eagles, flagged by many as competition favourites in the lead up to round one.

They were poor against Rockdale City in an additional match on a heavy pitch last weekend, though the performance of the ever-reliable Matthew Nash in goal was encouraging.

In Robbie Younis they have the most genuine of goal threats and Manly will have to be alive to the danger as well as clinical themselves if they are going to cause an upset.



Source : Football Federation Australia