Cup fate determined for Queensland clubs

It’s crunch time in the FFA Cup with the draw for the final 32 stage conducted on Thursday afternoon.

22 Member Federation teams and the ten A-League clubs were part of the draw. Representing Queensland were FNQ Heat and Brisbane Strikers, both making their third consecutive appearance at this stage of the competition, along with the debut of Redlands and Surfers Paradise Apollo into the final 32 pot for the first time.

A-League club Brisbane Roar enter the competition at this stage along with their fellow nine clubs.

So how did the Queensland teams fair and who are their opponents? Let’s find out.

For the third successive year and fourth consecutive match, Brisbane Strikers will be on the road. This time it’s north to the top end to take on Darwin Rovers. They currently sit second in the Darwin Premier League, 11 points adrift of leaders Darwin Olympic.

Better luck for the FNQ Heat who finally get their first home tie. Their opponents may be familiar to Queenslanders, it’s the Northern NSW team Edgeworth Eagles. Edgeworth were defeated by Moreton Bay in the national NPL series last year. The Eagles are again in the thick of things, leading their NPL competition making for an enticing content against the current Queensland league leaders.

Redlands have the toughest test of the Queensland clubs drawing the reigning A-League Premiers and Champions, Adelaide United. Due to the FFA Cup criteria, Redlands won’t be able to host the fixture at the Cleveland Showgrounds and like Lions last year, will be more than likely to play the tie at Perry Park or QSAC could be in the mix.

Redlands fan favourite Graham Fyfe assessing his side’s chances on the Redlands Facebook page said, “In football you do see some crazy stuff. If everyone plays to the best of their ability and Adelaide (begin their campaign) a little unfit or take it lightly then you never know, we could get a result. But we’ll just try our best and see what happens.”

The Gold Coast Premier League’s Surfers Paradise Apollo face a chilly trip to Canberra but they should face a warm welcome as they take on a fellow club with Greek heritage in Canberra Olympic. Their opponents are currently running equal first in the Capital League NPL.

Brisbane Roar earned themselves a home tie and for the second year in a row, Perth Glory will travel to Brisbane.

Specific dates, times and venues of matches will be announced in coming weeks in consultation between FFA, clubs and host broadcaster Fox Sports with the round of 32 scheduled to take place between 26 July and 10 August.