With the draw completed and the details set, the FFA Cup’s Round of 32 is almost upon us.
At present, the FFA Cup presents the only opportunity for clubs from outside of the Australian top tier to mix it with A-League sides; presenting an intoxicating clash of styles, culture, and histories as the Australian footballing community experiences the magic of the Cup.
In this preview, dailyfootballshow.com looks at the side of Football Federation South Australia that will be competing in this year’s Cup.
Founded as the Adelaide Raiders Soccer Club in 1994 and adopting their current title in 2001, the Comets are another of the sides making their first appearance in the FFA Cup Round of 32 in 2018.
The sole representative of South Australia in the Round of 32, the Comets play out of the SA Athletics Stadium in the inner-western Adelaide suburb of Mile End and compete in the NPL SA.
Drawing 2-2 with Adelaide City in the most recent round, the Comets are having a strong season in the South Australian top tier: sitting in the fourth position on the NPL SA table as part of a three-way tussle for second place on the table with Adelaide City, and MetroStars.
The Comet’s commenced their road to the Round of 32 in round three of SA preliminary qualifying when they defeated State League side Sturt Lions 5-1 on the road at Adelaide Shores Football Centre.
Defeats of fellow NPL SA side West Adelaide SC and Adelaide City would then follow – City taking the Comets to penalties in their round five match – before the Comets defeated State League side Cumberland United in the sixth round of qualifying.
The Comets then advanced to the Round of 32 with a 2-1 defeat of NPL SA side Croydon Kings in the final round of SA preliminary qualifying, goals to Terence Carter and Andreas Wiens propelling the Comets past the Kings at the neutral venue of Coopers Stadium.
Comets manager Theo Tsiounis, formerly a midfielder in the SA leagues for Western Strikers, Adelaide Cobras, White City, and Comets, works a physical education teacher when not taking teams to the national stages of the FFA Cup: earning a five-star rating from Roma Mitchell Secondary School students on ratemyteachers.com.
Round of 32 Fixture: @ Gwelup Croatia, Dorrien Gardens, July 25, 8:30