Thursday, 10 March 2016

PREVIEW: NNSW FFA Cup Qualifiers (Southern Zone Round 3)


FFA Cup Round 3
Beresfield United (ZPL) v Lambton Jaffas (NPL)
Cooks Square Park, East Maitland
Kickoff: Saturday 12/3 3:00pm

Anyone that was near a computer midweek would have seen Newysports' article about Beresfield's anger over being denied to host this fixture at Pasadena Crescent. We move on from that and actually take a look at the fixture that is being played; the giant-killing Hawks taking on a whole new test in the form of NPL powerhouse Lambton Jaffas.

Bero will be without key players. Luke Lawless is injured, Danny Burt is suspended, there's cricket commitments, it's just not looking good for Beresfield's chances all round. The Jaffas put 10 past Kotara South in Round 2 and whilst I can't see that happening, I definitely think the team in yellow will be easing their way past a depleted Beresfield squad and booking their spot in the next round.

My Tip: Beresfield Utd 0-7 Lambton Jaffas

After knocking out Toronto and Kahibah, can Beresfield send Lambton packing?


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FFA Cup Round 3
Weston Workers Bears (NPL) v Charlestown City Blues (NPL)
Cooks Square Park, East Maitland
Kickoff: Saturday 12/3 5:00pm

One of four all-NPL battles sees Weston Workers Bears take on Charlestown City Blues at Maitland's Cooks Square Park. With the Round of 32 getting closer week by week, there's no doubt both these sides will come out firing in an attempt to inch closer to a potential dream cup appearance.

Weston got the job done against Zone League One Beresfield F.C in Round 2 whilst Charlestown overcame a tougher opposition in New-FM champions Wallsend F.C. As a result, it's tough to predict just who will win this. Weston have lost some key players from last season but I believe they can be good enough to send the Blues packing. It's sure to be a close one though.

My Tip: Weston Workers 2-1 Charlestown City

Charlestown City are up for a tough test against Weston this weekend.


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FFA Cup Round 3
Adamstown Rosebud (NPL) v Maitland FC (NPL)
Cooks Square Park, East Maitland
Kickoff: Saturday 12/3 7:00pm

Another NPL clash at Cooks Square Park, perhaps even more intriguing than the Weston v Charlestown match. Maitland have played the recruitment card in the off-season and look to have a solid squad and despite technically being the away team, they host Adamstown Rosebud at Cooks Square Park in the final kickoff of the day.

Graham Law's side stumbled to a win over South Cardiff in Round 2 and they'll need an improved effort to see off a Maitland side with A-League experience in their ranks. Either of these teams making it to the Round of 32 would be a massive story; Adamstown back on the National Stage adding to their proud history and Maitland no doubt getting extra coverage due to the likes of Matty Thompson being involved.

As for the actual result, I'm tipping Maitland FC to use the home field advantage and their class to overcome Adamstown.

My Tip: Adamstown 1-3 Maitland FC




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FFA Cup Round 3
Valentine Phoenix F.C (NPL) v Hamilton Olympic (NPL)
Jack McLaughlan Oval, Edgeworth
Kickoff: Saturday 12/3 3:00pm

Valentine F.C are preparing for life back in the big time after getting promoted and their pre-season results have been strong to say the very least. The test gets that much tougher this weekend when they play their first competitive match against NPL opposition in Hamilton Olympic.

Olympic did the job against Mayfield United without really being tested in Round 2 whilst Valentine overcame a strong New-FM side in Lake Macquarie City. Olympic cannot be written off and they should go into this game as the favourites and if they're a title contender like last year, they should be winning it. Valentine will push though so a win for them certainly wouldn't be a huge surprise.

My Tip: Valentine FC 1-3 Hamilton Olympic


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FFA Cup Round 3
Dudley-Redhead United (ZPL) v Singleton Strikers (New-FM)
Jack McLaughlan Oval, Edgeworth
Kickoff: Saturday 12/3 5:00pm

A lot of talk has been centered on Beresfield United and their cup run but you cannot ignore what Dudley-Redhead United have achieved over the past month. A famous penalty shootout win over Cooks Hill United was followed a week later with a 7-0 smashing of Medowie FC at Magic Park. Now Dudley face their toughest test to date, a very dangerous Singleton side.

The Strikers were in good form during pre-season and their cup form was pretty convincing. They beat Charlestown Juniors 3-1 and then put nine past Merewether Advance; Jackson Cox scoring seven of those goals. The Strikers failed to win in Round 1 last week at Cessnock, drawing 1-1 with their arch rivals so David Willoughby will no doubt have his side prepped for a big effort in the cup.

Obviously these sides are one or two wins away from a date with an NPL side and a potential shot at making the national stage. Both teams will be fully aware of this and a highly competitive game will be the result. Singleton are the higher-ranked team and their due to get back to their early year form.

Newysports will have coverage (photos & review) of this game as well as the later kick off.

My Tip: Dudley-Redhead 1-3 Singleton Strikers



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FFA Cup Round 3
Edgeworth Eagles FC (NPL) v Broadmeadow Magic (NPL
Jack McLaughlan Oval, Edgeworth
Kickoff: Saturday 12/3 7:00pm

The final game of the six this weekend is by far the biggest; 2015 Round of 32 qualifiers Edgeworth and Broadmeadow Magic will go toe to toe and one of the two biggest clubs in town will go home at the second hurdle of the competition. Amazing but that is how the draw panned out. This game will be an absolute cracker to watch and Newysports will be there to see the 2015 Semi Final rematch at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

Both these sides were in cruise control in Round 2. Edgeworth smashed 20 past Muswellbrook and Magic slotted 17 against Hamilton Azzurri. Daniel McBreen and James Virgili scored fourteen goals between them so the former A-League stars will be the centre of attention on Saturday. I feel as though this game is on par with being a Grand Final really. It is a huge game at this time of the season.

Now, who wins? Edgeworth went toe to toe with Sydney United last week and had the former NSL powerhouse (then Sydney Croatia) locked at 1-1 at half-time. They went on to lose 5-1 but there was definitely a lot of positives. Magic on the other hand lost 3-0 to Maitland and looked in all sorts. They need to step up or face being dumped out of the competition at a stage they've never lost in.

My Tip: Edgeworth F.C 4-2 Broadmeadow Magic







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