This is it – the deciding round leading into the illustrious FFA Cup Round of 32. Four National Premier Leagues (NPL) NNSW clubs, Broadmeadow Magic, Hamilton Olympic, Lambton Jaffas and Charlestown City Blues, remain as the sole survivors of the qualifying process that began back in February, however, only two can represent Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) on the national stage.
Broadmeadow Magic vs. Hamilton Olympic
Wednesday 13th June, 7:00 pm, Adamstown Oval
Path to the Final Four:
Magic – Round 4 beat Wallsend 4-1; Round 5 beat Thornton 2-0; Round 6 beat Adamstown 3-0.
Hamilton – Round 4 beat Kahibah 5-1; Round 5 beat Weston 2-0; Round 6 beat Edgeworth 3-2.
The history between these two strong rivals has been well-documented and fierce and tonight will provide another chapter as both teams attempt to create history.
With Magic Park unavailable to play on, this match will be contested on the neutral ground of Adamstown Oval and given that both teams defeated top NPL NNSW sides to progress to the Final Four, confidence will be high amongst the squads.
In the five seasons that the FFA Cup has been established, Broadmeadow Magic have qualified for the Final Four on four occasions and have been successful in progressing to the Round of 32 each time, while for Hamilton, this is just the second time they’ve made it this far having been beaten by Lambton 3-2 in 2016.
The last five meetings for these teams have also been completely neck-and-neck; both sides have won two and drawn one, with an aggregate score of 9-9 – setting the stage for an absolute blockbuster.
Charlestown City Blues vs. Lambton Jaffas
Wednesday 13th June, 7:00 pm, Lisle Carr Oval
Path to the Final:
Charlestown – Round 4 beat Hamilton Azzuri 10-0; Round 5 beat Lake Macquarie 3-1; Round 6 beat Boambee 6-0.
Lambton – Round 4 beat South Cardiff 11-0; Round 5 beat Cessnock 4-1; Round 6 beat Port United 8-0.
At the beginning of the off-season, Charlestown’s focus was fixed on achieving greater heights and creating history and tonight, they have the chance to do just that in qualifying for the Round of 32.
However, they’re coming up against arguably the most experienced team in the NPL, and the Jaffas already know what it takes to progress having done so in 2016.
These teams sit on the exact same points in the NPL NNSW (Lambton 3rd, Charlestown 4th), and competed in one of the most exciting games of the season thus far when the Blues nabbed a late victory back in Round 4.
So far in the cup, these two teams have proven that they can win and by major score-lines. In their three FFA Cup matches, Charlestown has scored an impressive 19 goals, while Lambton has been unstoppable having scored 23.
With no clear-cut favourite and both teams entering tonight with form on their side, prepare for what could be a classic encounter.