The opening day of FFA Cup round of 16 action has been run and won, with a hot favourite ousted and an old power through to the next round.
Adelaide’s new recruits show their worth
The Reds were convincing 3-0 winners in their encounter with Melbourne Victory at Marden Sporting Complex. The all A-League affair pitted two classic rivals against each other and gave United manager Marco Kurz his first taste of the ‘Original Rivalry’.
Adelaide’s new signings proved worth their weight in gold as Johan Absalonsen and George Blackwood got on the scoresheet for their new side. Kurz will take plenty of positives from his team’s performance as they prepare for the quarter-finals.
— Ersan Gülüm (@GlmErsan) August 23, 2017
Opponents Victory will be left disappointed as Kevin Muscat’s men failed to capitalise on golden opportunities throughout their dominant first half display.
Much was expected from Victory after their 5-1 mauling of Brisbane Roar in the round of 16, but they failed to deliver on the night. It will be back to the drawing board for now as they prepare for the start of the 2017-18 A-League campaign.
Who can’t South Melbourne beat?
After scraping through their round of 32 clash with Edgeworth Eagles, the former NSL giants showcased their skills with a convincing 4-1 win over Sorrento FC.
On the scoresheet a minute after kick-off, South Melbourne dominated the affair with goals from Milos Lujic and Leigh Minopoulos as well as a brace from 23-year-old midfielder Nick Epifano.
The NPL Victoria side will now be looking forward to the next round of the FFA Cup and the prospect of A-League opposition.
Heidelberg on course for the treble
Heidelberg built on their recent success with a penalty shootout win over NSW NPL outfit Sydney United. The Victorians already have the Dockerty Cup under their belt and claimed the NPL Victoria minor premiership last weekend.
— Westfield FFA Cup (@FFACup) August 23, 2017
This begs the question: can Heidelberg collect all three major honours, including the FFA Cup? The Warriors produced a strong performance as they were spurred on by their contingent of travelling fans who made the journey north.
Sydney United’s season ends with defeat in the FFA Cup round of 16. They will now look forward to the offseason as they rebuild and prepare for their first season under former Socceroo Jason Culina. He will begin life at the helm of Sydney United in 2018 as he looks to return the glory days to his boyhood club.
A family affair in Queensland
It was the battle of the brothers in Queensland as Grae Piddick’s Gold Coast City came face to face with brother Adam’s Moreton Bay United. The two sides met last weekend in the NPL Queensland, where Adam got the bragging rights over his brother.
— Gold Coast City FC (@gccityfc) August 23, 2017
Unfortunately for Adam and Moreton Bay, the tide was turned as City prevailed with a 1-0 extra time victory over their geographic rivals.
In a match where goals were hard to come by, Adam Piddick’s men will be disappointed that they were not able to make it two from two over Gold Coast.