Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)
The draw for rounds six and seven in the Brisbane zone of the FFA Cup took place on Thursday as well as the round seven draw for the regional Queensland section of the competition. Queensland Soccer News was on hand and caught up with three coaches whose sides are still alive to make the final 32.
Lions, who made the final 16 of last year’s competition, face a trip to Capital One’s Moggill who caused the major upset in the previous round after eliminating Olympic, two tiers above them in the football hierarchy. Coach Warren Moon is expecting a tough match where he’ll come up against good friend and former Roar team mate Karl Dodd.
“It’s a tight pitch, they’re going well in Cap 1. They got a good result against Olympic and I’m looking forward to it.”
Should Lions prevail in that tie, it sets up a potential blockbuster with the Brisbane Strikers for a place in the main stage of the cup. Lions and Strikers twice met in the pre-season for a win apiece. After viewing the Strikers latest win agains Easts, Moon was cognisant of what may lie ahead.
“They’re a good side, probably one of the best I’ve seen all season. We’re not looking too far ahead. If we are lucky to get them in the next round, they’ll test us and we’ll hopefully test them as well.”
Rochedale have so far repeated their 2014 effort where they were eliminated at the round six stage by Peninsula, the club that current Rochedale coach Scott MacNicol was co-coach of at the time. Rovers next hurdle will be the 2015 NPL Premiers Moreton Bay and while MacNicol admitted he didn’t know a lot about his next opponent, he was well aware of some of the capabilities of the Jets.
“Obviously they’re a good side and they did well last year and they’ve got a lot of good players in the team. Roycey (Brownlie) will be a handful up front. They signed a couple of boys from Ipswich Knights. Jordan Farina’s there as well, (Alex) Janovksy’s in the midfield. I haven’t seen them play so I’ll have to get out and get a look at them. The best thing about it is that it’s a home tie for us so we’ll try and get a good crowd in that night and look forward to it.”
Should Rochedale prevail, they’ll need to account for another NPL club in either Brisbane City or Redlands to get through to the round of 32.
“There’s no easy games once you get through. I went out and watched Bridbane City last week. They’re doing all the right things. They’ve got a good coach and good players.”
“Obviously the boys at Redlands are on fire. Matty’s (Chandler) got them playing well. (Graham) Fyfey’s still killing it down there. Whoever gets through is going to have a tough time.”
MacNicol couldn’t resist having a quick assessment of the other side of the draw while in the presence of his good mate Moon.
“If Strikers do get through and if Lions do get through that’s a game that everyone wants to see and they’ll all be cracking games.”
Southside Eagles coach Roger Hunter was excited after drawing Brisbane Strikers to play at the Eagles home ground of Memorial Park at Bulimba and remained confident despite the seemingly enormous challenge.
“That’s what we wanted, we wanted a home tie. Obviously the Strikers are gong to be the strongest team probably left in the competition. We’re well up for it. We want to give them a strong challenge and we think we can go through.
On what the event will mean to the club. “We’ll make a big deal of it. We’ll get the juniors and all the club involved. We’ll try and get the community involved to make it a big night. This is probably the biggest night the club has had in a long time so we’re very excited.”
Hunter was another in attendance at Heath Park on Tuesday night to see the Strikers in action and gained some insights in what it will take to pull off a victory.
“They’re very quick to the ball. We’re going to have to be at our best and fittest and shut them down in the areas that they are dangerous.”
The fourth match in Brisbane’s round six will feature an all-NPL affair with Brisbane City hosting Redlands. If the home side can prevail, that would see them go through to round seven for the first time while Redlands will be keen to make amends for last year where they were eliminated by the Brisbane Strikers at the final hurdle before the round of 32.
With Lions and the Strikers in the same section of the draw, it means that there will be at least one new entrant from Brisbane into the final 32 stage.
In the regions, round six will be played this weekend with the draw determining which sides would have hosting rounds in round seven. There will also be at least one new participant from the regions into the final 32 with Gold Coast City being eliminated in round five.
The full draw for Brisbane is (home sides listed first):
Brisbane City v Redlands
Moggill v Lions
Southside Eagles v Brisbane Strikers
Rochedale v Moreton Bay
Winner Moggill/Lions v Winner Southside Eagles/Brisbane Strikers
Winner Brisbane City/Redlands v Winner Rochedale/Moreton Bay
Dates and times for these matches are yet to be confirmed.
Northern region draw
Saturday 7 May, 7:00pm – Mackay Magpies v Frenchville
Sunday 8 May, 1:30pm – FNQ Heat v Northern Fury
Winner FNQ Heat/Northern Fury v Winner Mackay Magpies/Frenchville
Southern region draw
Saturday 7 May, 7:00pm – Surfers Paradise v SWQ Thunder
Sunday 8 May, 4:00pm – Sunshine Coast Fire v United Park Eagles
Winner Surfers Paradise/SWQ Thunder v Winner Sunshine Coast Fire/United Park Eagles
Round 7 regional matches are scheduled for the weekend of 11/12 June