FFA Cup Preview – Week of 4 May 2015

26 teams still in contention will be reduced to 23 after this week’s action with three matches being played across the State. Here’s our look at the games that will be played.

 

North Pine v Bayside United – Tuesday 5 May, 7:30pm – Bob Brock Park

This tie pits first versus second on the Capital 1 ladder, ensuring that there’ll be two clubs below Brisbane’s Premier League level represented in round six.

Both sides will go into this match fresh with rain postponing their respective weekend league matches. That will benefit North Pine whose last league fixture was a fiery local derby where they came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw with Pine Rivers.

In the last Cup round, both recorded easy four-goal wins against Capital 2 opposition. Bayside have already claimed a win at the Gorilla’s home this year, taking their round four encounter 1-0 on 14 March inflicting North Pine’s only league loss for 2015.

Lions v Albany Creek – Wednesday 6 May, 7:30pm – Lions Stadium

Lions lead Brisbane’s Trophy Superstore Premier League, still undefeated in that competition with Albany Creek sitting mid-table only winning two matches from eight played.

Their last Cup encounters couldn’t have been more contrasting, both taking on fellow Premier League opponents. Lions accounted for Rochedale 5-1 while Albany Creek surrendered a three-goal lead against Mitchelton in a match that had it all. Mitchelton came back to force extra time despite being reduced to ten men. In trying conditions with a big deluge of rain during extra time, a penalty in the second period of extra time saw Albany Creek progress to this meeting.

Lions won the league encounter between these sides 2-1 back at the end of March but Albany Creek will go into this match without first-choice goalkeeper Christian Smith, having been sent off in Saturday’s league match against Peninsula.

The winners of these Brisbane matches will progress to round six that will be drawn on Thursday morning.

Mareeba Bulls v Stratford Dolphins – Wednesday 6 May, 7:30pm – Lindsay Australia Stadium, Mareeba

 

Stratford coach, Stuart Veale has shaken things up in the FNQ Premier League this year, making some bold media statements. That included in the lead-up to Saturday night’s league clash between these sides at the same venue where he declared that he would give Mareeba a lesson on how to play attacking football. Mareeba prevailed in that clash 3-1.

Veale won’t ask his side to take a backward step though, declaring in the Mareeba Express after that loss “The cup game coming up is totally different to the league and I won’t come up here on Wednesday night like tonight and die wondering. I’ll come up with an attacking attitude again and try to score more goals.”

These two sides played at the same stage last year where Mareeba prevailed 2-1. The winner will once again go on to take on NPL side, FNQ Heat.

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