Wednesday, 16 May 2018

PREVIEW: NNSW FFA Cup Qualifiers (Southern Zone Round 5)




Valentine F.C (NPL) v Edgeworth FC (NPL)
Wednesday 16th May
Jack McLaughlan Oval @ 7pm

This is a bit of a David v Goliath match-up, despite the team's being in the same division. Valentine have shown some decent qualities at times but their position at the foot of the NPL table doesn't fill one with confidence, especially considering they're coming up against a side that have made it to the national stage in the last three FFA Cup. This is Edgeworth's pride and joy, to show what they can do against the biggest clubs in the country. A loss here for Edgy would be nothing short of a disaster.

My Tip: Valentine F.C 1-4 Edgeworth FC

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Raymond Terrace (ZL1) v Adamstown Rosebud (NPL)
Wednesday 16th May
King Park @ 7pm

Grand Finals aside, this has to be one of the biggest games that Raymond Terrace have played. A chance to send an NPL club packing from the FFA Cup. The Terrace have enjoyed home advantage for their entire cup run and that will come in handy. Despite that, Rosebuds are a historical huge club and to make it to a national FFA Cup stage would be a big boost to a club that's faltered as of late. It might not be easy but Buds to win.

My Tip: Raymond Terrace 1-3 Adamstown Rosebud

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Charlestown City Blues (NPL) v Lake Macquarie City (NPL)
Wednesday 16th May
Lisle Carr Oval @ 7pm

It's another big night at Lisle Carr Oval, this time more to do with the football on the field rather than the supporters off it. The crowd might not be as lively as it was for the Azzurri Derby but this game is sure to be tighter and more dramatic. Charlestown City Blues have invested a fair bit of resources into their 2018 season and no doubt they are eyeing off a first ever trip to the FFA Cup qualifying weekend but Lakes are capable of sending the big guns crashing. Stuey Plant will face his former club after leaving Charlestown to take the starting GK spot at the Roosters.

My Tip: Charlestown City 3-1 Lake Macquarie City

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Weston Workers Bears (NPL) v Hamilton Olympic (NPL)
Wednesday 16th May
Rockwell Automation Park @ 7pm

They certainly won't like it but Olympic have established a bit of a "chokers" tag over the last several years. So close but so far. Back-to-back NPL premiership runners-up, only one Grand Final appearance in five years and their FFA Cup record is fairly forgettable. They seem to be finding some form in the NPL and truly they'll believe they can knock off Weston. Big game for both clubs but Olympic to get the job done.

My Tip: Weston Workers 0-2 Hamilton Olympic

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Thornton Redbacks (NL1) v Broadmeadow Magic (NPL)
Wednesday 16th May
Thornton Park @ 7pm

There hasn't been many games bigger than this at Thornton Park. The Redbacks are a fairly tight knit and small club. New-FM and WPL sides but not exactly a huge community base. What they do have is a passionate following and they should all be there to watch their side do battle with a giant of local football in Broadmeadow Magic. Ruben Zadkovich strolling the technical area at Thornton Park, who could have foreseen that a few years ago. Of course Magic are the heavy favourites but the home side will do all they can to produce potentially their greatest victory in many years.

My Tip: Thornton Redbacks 1-5 Broadmeadow Magic

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Cessnock City Hornets (NL1) v Lambton Jaffas (NPL)
Wednesday 16th May
Turner Park @ 7pm

Now the Hornets hosted Hamilton Olympic last season but this game is perhaps even bigger. With Cessnock playing some brilliant football at times this season and having a much sterner defence, it could be a decent game. Brendan Slade will coach against his former club and that adds a little bit more to the story of the game. Obviously the NPL champions will be favourites but again, who knows in cup football. Newysports will be on hand for this huge Hornets home fixture.

My Tip: Cessnock City 1-6 Lambton Jaffas

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