FFA Cup Preview – week of 20 April

  

Four matches feature in Queensland during this week in the FFA Cup Preliminary Stage. Teams in Brisbane, Far North Queensland and the Sunshine Coast will be vying to go through to the next round. Here’s our look at the matches.

BRISBANE

Ipswich Knights v Western Pride – Wednesday 22 April, 7pm. Eric Evans Oval, Bundamba.

The Ipswich Derby is back for its second instalment, these two sides meeting at  the same stage of the competition last year where the Knights came away with a 3-0 victory. Both sides will have a completely different look in their line-ups from that match with a large turnover in both squads occurring during the off-season and each having new coaches in place for 2015.

This is the NPL Queensland’s Western Pride’s entry into the competition whereas the Trophy Superstore Premier League’s Ipswich Knights have already survived two knockout matches, defeating Redcliffe PCYC 5-2 and Moggill 3-1 in the most recent round.

Both sides are enjoying a relatively good opening to their respective league seasons, Western Pride bounced back after a pre-Easter blip to defeat Redlands 2-1 over the weekend and sit third in the NPL while the Knights have defied most pundit’s expectations, fifth on the ladder, most recently claiming a 1-1 draw against Taringa on Saturday night.

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Mareeba Bulls v Edge Hill – Wednesday 22 April, 7pm. Lindsay Australia Stadium, Mareeba.

Last year’s Premier League Premiers and Grand Final winners, Mareeba, will be looking to replicate 2014’s feat where they emerged from the local clubs to meet their local NPL side, the FNQ Heat.

Mareeba have an unbeaten start to the opening of their league season, winning their opening two matches while Edge Hill have recorded a win and a loss. That loss was at the hands of Mareeba where a lone Wayne Srhoj goal was the difference between the teams just eleven days ago.

The winner of this match will meet Stratford Dolphins in the next round.

SUNSHINE COAST

Kawana v Buderim – Friday 24 April, 8:30pm, Kawana Grounds.

This is shaping up as a ‘don’t miss’ tie with both sides undefeated in the 2015 Premier League season and scoring an average of six goals per match. Buderim have played one more league match than their opponents and lead the competition while last year’s Premiers, Kawana, sit third.

The home side had a relatively easy victory in their last Cup match, defeating Coolum 5-0 back at the end of February whereas Buderim had to fight hard for their place in this round, taken to the sword by Caboolture 2-1.

Noosa Lions v Maroochydore

This shapes up as another tight match, Noosa sit fourth on the league table, losing just one match from their opening six. Maroochydore had a poor start to the season losing their opening four matches but will go into this encounter full of confidence, winning their last two league matches and scoring six in each in the process.

Maroochydore have had two Cup games to get to this point, comfortable victories coming at the expense of Woombye and Caloundra while Noosa accounted for league cellar-dwellers Beerwah Glasshouse 11-1 in round two.

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