The Definitive Preview for the 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32, Part 1

Tonight, the downing of the sun heralds a new beginning for a tournament, one that, in its early stages, will be ignored by major newspapers (and if you read the last sentence closely, you’ll be able to tell exactly what I mean).

In Broadmeadows, Blacktown, Cairns, and Darwin (can’t one of the two towns starting with b start with a?), eight regional soccer teams from around Australia will compete for glory, the chance at being giant killers, the history of their club.

The FFA Cup.

Hume City v Marconi Stallions

Position in their competition

  • Hume City: 6th in NPL Victoria (1st Division)
  • Marconi Stallions: 4th in NPL New South Wales (2nd Division)

Previous FFA Cups (2014, 2015)

  • Hume City: DNQ, semi-finals
  • Marconi Stallions: DNQ, DNQ

Match preview

This is going to be unusual for both teams, because it is the first match for both managers!

Lou Acevski, Hume City’s manager, left by mutual consent on Thursday, as did his assistant manager. Meanwhile, Jeff Suzor was sacked after indifferent form in the NPL NSW.

Hume City are contenders to go far, so they’re going to win in my book. Hume 2:0.

Blacktown City v Sydney United 58 FC

Position in their competition

  • Blacktown City: 2nd in NPL New South Wales (1st Division)
  • Sydney United 58 FC: 1st in NPL New South Wales (1st Division)

Previous FFA Cups

  • Blacktown City: R32, R32
  • Sydney United 58 FC: R16, R16

Match preview

This looks like it will be a good game. A top of the table derby, Sydney United 58 will want to keep up their form, both in the FFA Cup and in general. Blacktown, however, is the only team to have beaten them this season and will have a home crowd backing them, plus six former A-League players. Sounds good, but SU58 has eight. Sydney United 58 2:1.

Far North Queensland Heat v Edgeworth Eagles

Position in their competition

  • Far North Queensland Heat: 1st in NPL Queensland (1st Division)
  • Edgeworth Eagles: 2nd in NPL Northern NSW (1st Division)

Previous FFA Cups

  • Far North Queensland Heat: R32, R32
  • Edgeworth Eagles: DNQ, R32

Match Preview

Will we see a return of the Edgeworth Eagle? That remains to be seen, however, Edgeworth certainly played well last year in their matchup against Melbourne City, with an Aaron Mooy free kick in the last minute the only thing stopping the Eagles from victory. Far North Queensland have been playing very well in the Queensland tournament, and their home crowd will probably give them an advantage. FNQ 2:1 (aet).

Rovers Darwin FC v Brisbane Strikers

Position in their competition

  • Rovers Darwin FC: 3rd in Football Federation Northern Territory Premier League
  • Brisbane Strikers: 2nd in NPL Queensland (1st Division)

Previous FFA Cups

  • Rovers Darwin FC: N/A1, DNQ
  • Brisbane Strikers: R16, R32

Match Preview

I’ll be honest, it was hard for me to find information on Rovers Darwin, the Northern Territory seems to be reasonably poorly organised compared to the rest of us. Anyway, Rovers Darwin were promoted to the top division last year, and upset Darwin Olympic to make the FFA Cup, but Brisbane Strikers have some pretty good FFA Cup experience. Brisbane Strikers 2:0.

1There was no Northern Territory qualification in 2014.


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