Merson Kean (@mersonk1)
For the first time in the Brisbane zone, qualifying for the FFA Cup featured over forty-two sides from across four divisions and what a spectacle it was. Here is our take on proceedings.
The Gap Gators romped into the second stage after a convincing demolition of Capital Four’s Greenbank 12-0 at Barry Whyte Field. Braces from Ryuhei Nose, Cormac Molloy and Jamal Spelta and single goals from Jack Bytheway, Luke Chapman, Jamie Gillespie and Robert McLaughlin ensured The Gap are in the hat for the next round.
Pine Hills progressed through to round three after accounting for Clairvaux 2-0 at James Drysdale Reserve on Friday evening. Goals from Alexander Boland and Linden Jones was enough to ensure the Pythons progress to the next round.
Souths United breezed through after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Western Spirit in a repeat of last season’s Capital League Two Grand Final. Harun Omerovic, Niall Stockwell and Joshua Anderson struck for last year’s Capital Two Premiers.
Brisbane Force couldn’t have asked for a better way to return to competitive football as they saw off Ridge Hills 2 – 0 at Stanley Day Park. Jorge Aguirre and Kevin Barraclough wrapped up the win for the Force.
Tarragindi Tigers created the shock of the round as they tore higher-ranked Ipswich City apart at Sutton Park, marching into the next stage. Tigers goals came through Piotr Korczyk, James Gorrie and Ashley Hustwayte with the Bulls knocked out at the first hurdle.
Jimboomba shrugged off a potential ‘cupset’ by steam-rolling Bardon Latrobe to progress on Saturday evening on a rare occasion in front of the Fox Sports cameras. A double from Corey Schofield and goals to Daniel Eaton, Damion Hollege and Matthew Hucker ensure Jimboomba’s name will be in round three.
It was an all Capital League Three affair as Toowong met Newmarket at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Friday night and it was Toowong who took the chocolates as they eased to a 5-1 win. Toowong raced to a two goal buffer and went in to the break well in charge. In the second period, they picked up where they left off bagging three more with late cheer for the Newmarket spectators as the Posties pegged back a consolation in the final minute.
New into the Football Brisbane structure St George Willawong took on Virginia United at Albert Bishop Park on Friday night in the FBTV feature game and the encounter failed to disappoint going all the way to penalties where Virginia took the spoils in controversial fashion. With the game being tied at two a piece going into extra time, the deadlock could not be broken and the dreaded spot kicks had to come into play. Willawong had the early incentive when Virginia missed their opening kick but when St George keeper Dario Music saved Virginia’s fourth spot kick he was adjudged to have come off his line before the penalty was kicked and the retake was scored which change the momentum of the shootout. St George skied their fifth penalty and from there Virginia went on to win the shootout 6-5.
Bayside overcame their opening round test when they blitzed North Brisbane at Don Randall Oval on Saturday night as the Lota based club came away 5-0 winners. Blake Coates was the star with four goals complimented by Jacob Fripp to ensure that Bayside will be in the next round.
Centenary Stormers rampaged to an 8-2 thrashing of another Football Brisbane newcomer Logan Metro on Saturday afternoon. Stormers found themselves six goals to the good at the break and carried on the scoring in the second period. Despite Metro pegging two back it wasn’t enough as the Stormers move on.
Park Ridge spoilt Springfield’s return to Brisbane Football dispatching them 4-0 at Woodcrest College.
Mooroondu won a topsy-turvy clash at Bethania 3-2 as they pipped the Rams to the post stealing the win in extra time after the game was tied at two a piece after the ninety.
New Farm advanced to the second round after a hard fought 3-2 win at Samford but they hobbled over the line after conceding two late goals from Dane Forsyth.
Narangba crushed Kangaroo Point Rovers dream of another long cup run in a nail biting contest at Raymond Park. Narangba raced into a two-goal first half lead but the second was a different story when Rovers looked to have pegged one back early but it was chalked off for offside. In the 70th minute, Rovers did find the net to set up a grandstand finish but Narangba ended any hopes of a comeback finishing a penalty late in the game to win the affair 3-1.
Acacia Ridge surged into the second round with a 5-1 win over Logan City Kings. Acacia Ridge were on top from the off pummelling chance after chance at the Kings keeper who despite conceding five goals had a great game as Acacia Ridge had over forty shots in this encounter. Ridge opened up the scoring midway through the first period but were stunned not long after when Kings levelled but that made Ridge determined and they added a second just before the break. In the second period it was one way traffic from Ridge and it told as they went on to score another three to round out a sterling performance.
Deception Bay were another club making their FFA Cup debut and it was well worth the wait as they put Logan Village to rest demolishing the Falcons 4-0 at Progress Park. The result should give them some much needed confidence going into their opening league clash against Caboolture on Friday.
Westside and Annerley played out an arm-wrestle at Grovely Park on Saturday night. The match went the distance as the sides couldn’t be split after 120 minutes with both sides locked at two each. It was Annerley who prevailed 5-4 in the shootout to progress into the next phase of the competition.
AC Carina pulled a perfect comeback to stun Oxley in extra time at Dunlop Park on Sunday afternoon. Oxley were firmly in the driving seat at two goals up but Carina had other ideas pegging two goals back to take the tie into extra time. Tim Moore’s full-time speech must have worked a treat as within three minutes of the start of the extra period, Ryan Birch bagged two quick fire goals for Carina rounding out his hat-trick. Oxley pulled one back in the 107th minute but it wasn’t enough and Carina will be one of the twenty-one clubs through to round three.
Three matches are still to be played to complete round two (home side listed first).
Tuesday 16 February
7:00 – Brighton v Redcliffe PCYC
7:30 – Southside Eagles v Slacks Creek
Monday 22 February
7:00 – Grange Thistle v Caboolture (To be played at Narangba)