The FFA Cup Round 2 Southern Pool was played in sweltering heat over the weekend, and was a tough preseason test for Zone League clubs across the Hunter.
Mayfield United Senior produced an emphatic display against Dudley Redhead, scoring 12 goals to 0 whilst four games required a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
Cardiff City FC 4 (7-6) 4 Newcastle Suns FC
Cardiff City FC progress to Round 3 of the FFA Cup after a nail-biting encounter against Newcastle Suns in Round 2. The Suns were unlucky to concede a penalty with the last kick of the game, which allowed Cardiff to draw level 4-4.
The game was then decided by a penalty shootout; young Cardiff goalkeeper Jake ___ the hero with two first-class saves to keep Cardiff’s FFA Cup hopes alive.
They will play Barnsley United in Round 3.
Hunter Simba FC 5 (5-6) 5 Maitland Junior
Hunter Simba FC and Maitland Junior FC shared the spoils in their Round 2 match despite 10 goals scored throughout the 90 minutes. Maitland Junior won the decisive penalty shootout 6-5 to progress to FFA Cup Preliminary Round 3.
Maitland Junior will play NEWFM side Toronta Awaba in Round 3.
Mayfield United Senior 12-0 Dudley Redhead
Mayfield United started their FFA Cup campaign with a dominant display against Dudley Redhead winning 12-0.
Mayfield striker Timothy Senkalski scored five goals on the day as Mayfield boasts the largest goal difference of Rounds 1 and 2 for NNSW Preliminary FFA Cup.
With confidence soaring after their strong performance, Mayfield United will be positive heading into their Round 3 encounter with NEWFM side Thornton Redbacks.
Barnsley United 6-1 Medowie
Despite a strong start from Medowie FC, Barnsley United were too strong at home and eventually eased past their opponents 6-1. Medowie started the match stronger dominating early possession and field position, though the heat played a major factor as Barnsley eventually worked their way into the game.
Barnsley will now play Cardiff City FC.
Bolwarra Lorn 2-1 Maryland Fletcher
Bolwarra Lorn defeated Maryland Fletcher 2-1 at home on Saturday afternoon.
Bolwarra will now play Garden Suburb in Round 3.
Dudley Redhead United SFC 2 (4-2) 2 Kotara South
Dudley Redhead United Senior FC progress to Round 3 following a narrow win against Kotara South. Dudley scored within the first two minutes, though Kotara responded 10 minutes later to level the scores, before taking the lead after 75 minutes.
However, Dudley drew level on the 85th minute and won the match 4-2 on penalties.
Dudley Redhead Senior FC play West Wallsend in Round 3.
Jesmond FC 0-1 Hamilton Azzurri
Hamilton Azzurri edged Jesmond 1-0 in Stockton on Saturday to progress to Round 3.
Hamilton will now face Merewether Advance in Round 3.
Charlestown Jr 3-1 Morisset United
Craig Koosmen’s double helped Charlestown Junior FC overcome Morisset United 3-1 in Round 2. Jacob McElevey scored for Morisset, but Charlestown were too strong as Cameron Walker scored late in the match to secure progression for his side.
Charlestown Junior come up against NEWFM side Singleton Strikers.
Swansea FC 4-1 Westlakes Wildcats
Swansea FC comfortably beat Westlakes Wildcats 4-1, with two goals either side of the break securing FFA Cup progression.
Sam Buyers and Logan Williams scored in the first half whilst Craig Fenner pulled one back for the Wildcats just before the break to make it 2-1 at half time. Brad Cooper then restored a 2 goal lead for Swansea and Scott McColl rounded out a solid performance with a goal in the final minutes.
Swansea will face the formidable Belmont Swansea in a Round 3 derby.
Stockton Sharks FC 1 (6-7) 1 Warners Bay
Warners Bay FC overcame a resilient Stockton Sharks in a penalty shootout, as 90 minutes of football couldn’t separate the two sides.
A goal-less first half was followed by a quickfire two goals in 8 minutes just after the restart. Jacob Black put Warners Bay ahead on 48 minutes, though the Sharks struck back 8 minutes later, with the match ending 1-1.
Warners Bay then edged Stockton 7-6 in penalties to progress to Round 3.
Garden Suburb 3-1 West Wallsend
Garden Suburb defeated West Wallsend 3-1 in their FFA Cup Round 2 tie, and will face Bolwarra Lorn in Round 3.
Raymond Terrace 4-2 Newcastle University
Raymond Terrace secured progression in a physical encounter with Newcastle University. The match was played in good spirits and both sides looked capable of winning, though Raymond Terrace were too strong in the end.
Raymond Terrace will face the winner of Beresfield United vs Nelson Bay FC, which was postponed over the weekend.
FFA Cup Southern Pool Round 3
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