FFA CUP UPDATE – EASTER STOCKTAKE

49 clubs from around Queensland remain in contention for the 4 allocated spots for Queensland in the FFA Cup Final 32. Here’s our look at where the various qualifying is up to.

NORTHERN ZONE – ONE QUALIFIER

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11 TEAMS STILL IN CONTENTION

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND – Southside Comets, Edge Hill, Stratford, Mareeba, FNQ Heat.

NORTH QUEENSLAND – Warriors, MA Olympic, Northern Fury

MACKAY – Whitsunday

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND – Southside, Frenchville

Cyclone Nathan took its toll on the Far North Queensland section of the draw with midweek games having to be played to catch up. Out of those, Southside Comets and Edge Hill have progressed to round three with the match-up seeing Mareeba taking on Edge Hill and Stratford meeting Southside Comets. The winner from the FNQ Premier League clubs will ultimately take on NPL side FNQ Heat.

We’re down to two Townsville Premier League clubs with Warriors prevailing over Brothers and MA Olympic defeating Rebels. The winner of Warriors and MA Olympic on April 15 will meet Northern Fury.

The Mackay section is already decided with Whitsunday lasting the distance after a 4-2 win over powerhouse Magpies last weekend. Whitsunday will now take on the Central Queensland winner.

The Central Queensland winner will come from Rockhampton sides Southside and Frenchville who defeated Clinton and Emerald respectively in the last round.

SOUTHERN ZONE – ONE QUALIFIER

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18 TEAMS STILL IN CONTENTION

WIDE BAY – Alloway, United Park Eagles, Fraser Flames, United Warriors

SUNSHINE COAST – Kawana, Noosa Lions, Maroochydore/Caloundra, Buderim, Sunshine Coast Fire

SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND – Willowburn, West Wanderers, SWQ Thunder

GOLD COAST – Magic United, Broadbeach, Muwillumbah, Mudgeeraba, Palm Beach (NPL)

Wide Bay qualifying has yet to kick off but it appears as though there will be a limited representation this year with two teams from Bundaberg and two from Hervey Bay. The winner of the Wide Bay section meets the Sunshine Coast winner.

On the Sunshine Coast, there is one match remaining from round two with Maroochydore slated to take on Caloundra on Wednesday night upcoming.. The winner of that match will join Kawana, Noosa Lions and Buderim in the next round. The ultimate aim will be a playoff against Sunshine Coast Fire with the Premier League clubs hopeful of repeating Caloundra’s effort from last year in knocking the Fire out of the Cup at the first hurdle.

Willowburn and West Wanderers will play off to determine who will play NPL club SWQ Thunder. The South West Queensland section winner meets the Gold Coast section winners.

While round four on the Gold Coast features two blockbuster matches. Magic United and Broadbeach are currently undefeated in the Premier League and sit joint top of the ladder while Murwillumbah and Mudgeeraba played a tight 2-1 encounter in a recent Premier League match. The winners of those two matches will play off with the winner of that match meeting the NPL’s Palm Beach.

METROPOLITAN ZONE – TWO QUALIFIERS

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20 TEAMS STILL IN CONTENTION

NPL – Brisbane City, Brisbane Strikers, Moreton Bay, Olympic, Redlands, Western Pride

TROPHY SUPERSTORE PREMIER LEAGUE – Lions, Taringa, Peninsula Power*, Ipswich Knights*, Albany Creek, Easts*,

CAPITAL ONE – North Pine, Pine Rivers, Moggill*, Mt Gravatt*, Bayside*, North Star*

CAPITAL TWO – Centenary, Pine Hills*

Round four winners were already meant to have been determined but rain put pay to determining winners in four matches with those having to be rescheduled to 7 and 8 April (clubs affected are marked by (*)). Once these rescheduled matches have been played, that will determine ten winners and with the six NPL sides making their entry into the competition in the next round, provide sixteen teams to battle out the remaining stages of qualifying.

Once again, Centenary is flying the flag for the lower tier of Brisbane football, for the second year in a row making it to the stage where the NPL sides enter.

The round five draw is scheduled to take place on Thursday 9 April.

The latest information is always available on our FFA Cup page.

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