FFA CUP PREVIEW – WEEK OF 13 APRIL

The FFA Cup rolls on with six matches taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday across Queensland. Here’s our look at the all-important matches.

BRISBANE – ROUND 4

Mt Gravatt v Peninsula Power – Dittmer Park, Tuesday 14 April, 7:30pm kickoff

The long awaited round four clash between Mt Gravatt and Peninsula will determine the final club to go through to round five. Peninsula has suffered just the one loss in the Premier League and is coming off a 2-2 draw to Logan FC over the weekend.

Mt Gravatt play in the tier below Peninsula, sitting mid-table in Brisbane’s Capital League One with eight points from their opening five matches. Like Peninsula, Mt Gravatt recorded a draw over the weekend, 1-1 at home to Grange Thistle.

The winner of this match will meet Premier League outfit Easts in round five.

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND – ROUND 3

Stratford Dolphins v Southside Comets – Stratford Soccer Club, Tuesday 14 April, 7:00pm kickoff

Still early in the FNQ Premier League but these sides met on 29 March with Stratford claiming a 4-2 win. Southside Comets come into this match in winning form, defeating Marlin Coast 4-1 in the league on the weekend whereas Stratford had the bye. That means Stratford will be fresh but that may play into their opponent’s favour given their last match was that win over the Comets.

The victor will meet the winner of next Wednesday’s round three match between Mareeba and Edge Hill.

GOLD COAST – ROUND 3

Mudgeeraba v Murwillumbah – Sid Bigg Park, Tuesday 14 April, 7:00pm kickoff

The hosts sit at the foot of the Premier League table, claiming just the one point from their five league fixtures while Murwillumbah sit in third with one loss in their current league campaign.

These two sides met at the same venue on 26 March where Murwillumbah scored a late goal to emerge 2-1 winners.

Magic United v Broadbeach – Magic United Fields, Tuesday 14 April, 7:15pm kickoff

This match shapes up as an absolute blockbuster with both sides successful in each of their opening five league encounters and are also the only sides to possess positive goal differences in that competition.

Both sides swept all before them last year, albeit in different competitions. Broadbeach were in last year’s Premier League whereas Magic United was promoted to the Gold Coast’s top flight in 2015.

NORTH QUEENSLAND – ROUND 4

Warriors v MA Olympic – Melrose Park, Wednesday 15 April, 7:00pm kickoff

Warriors and MA Olympic will take to the park to determine which club will meet NPL side, Northern Fury in the next round.

Both sides come into this match in good form, both with three wins from their three league encounters and occupying the top two positions on the ladder.

After losing the 2014 North Queensland Premier League Grand Final to Brothers, Warriors turned the tables in the last FFA Cup round with a 4-3 victory and reinforced that form in their most recent league match, again defeating Brothers, this time 2-1.

In a neat synergy, MA Olympic’s league 2-0 win on the weekend came at the hands of the side they defeated in the last round of the Cup, Rebels.

WIDE BAY – ROUND 4

Alloway v United Park Eagles – Alloway Grounds, Wednesday 15 April, 6:30pm kickoff

On paper, it looks like an easy win for the newly merged United Park Eagles in this all-Bundaberg clash. Eagles currently sit in second place in the Three Cities League with four wins from six while their opponents Alloway linger at the bottom of the ladder gaining just one point from their 2015 league season.

United Park Eagles have already defeated Alloway this season, bagging the three points in their opening round Three Cities League encounter in a 4-2 victory. The winner of this match will meet Hervey Bay’s United Warriors in the next round to determine the Wide Bay section winner.

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