Heidelberg head to the Hunter in sparkling form this season, though a loss on the weekend was a shock. Hosts Magic have last year’s FFA Cup experiences to draw on, though they too lost on the weekend in a surprise result.
Broadmeadow Magic v Heidelberg United
Wednesday, 29 July 2014
Magic Park, Broadmeadow (NSW)
Tickets Prices: Adult $10, Concession/Child $5
Tickets on sale from: 5.30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Gates Open: 6.30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Referee: Chris Young
Assistant Referee 1: Glen Peterkin
Assistant Referee 2: James Cleal
Fourth Official: Alex Merkel
Radio Broadcast: 3XY Radio (1422AM)
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Broadmeadow Magic squad: 1.Nathan ARCHIBOLD (gk), 2.Jayden BARBER, 3.Joshua PIDDINGTON, 4.Benjamin HIGGINS, 5.Luke VIRGILI, 6.Daniel CASCIAROLI, 7.Scott PETTIT, 8.Matthew HOOLE, 9.Peter HAYNES, 10.Chris BERLIN, 11.Rhys TIPPETT, 12.Anders OLDHAM, 13.Anthony KONJARSKI, 14.Jon GRIFFITHS, 15.Paul SICHALWE, 16.Callan LEWIS, 17.Dino FAJKOVIC, 18.Levis DUSENGE, 19.Kale BRADBERY, 20.Michael FINLAYSON, 21.Sangin KO, 22.Bradley MACKENZIE (gk), 23.Willis NADFALUSI, 24.Maxwell MARKEY, 25.Aden GARDNER
Heidelberg United squad: 1.Jason KOUTSODONTIS (gk), 2.James CUMMING, 3.Leslie DOUMBALIS, 4.John LAZARIDIS, 5.Daniel VASILEVSKI, 7.Reuben WAY, 9.Kostas KANAKARIS, 10.Jack PETRIE, 11.Mark McGOUGH, 12.Ken ATHIU, 13.Luke BYLES, 14.Daniel HEFFERNAN, 15.Milos ILIC, 16.Angel TARAVILLO, 17.Steven PACE, 18.Andrija ROKSANDIC, 19.Dean JANCEVSKI, 20.Nejc KOLMAN, 21.Andreas GOVAS, 22.Kaine SHEPPARD, 23.Griffin McMASTER (gk), 24.Andrew CARTANOS, 25.Evan MARKAGIANNAKIS (gk), 27.Jovan DURKIC, 33.Anthony PRESLJAK
Broadmeadow Magic will be hoping its second time lucky in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 as they get set for another opening night appearance on Match Day 1. Heading to the Hunter will be ex-NSL club Heidelberg United.
The PS4 NPL Victorian juggernaut are keen to make an impact on their return to the national spotlight, just like their cross-town rivals South Melbourne.
Trying to end that dream is the free-scoring Magic, who have vowed not to alter their swashbuckling approach that has seen them score almost three goals per game in their domestic competition.
There is sure to be entertainment plus in what promises to be a spicy encounter between two attack-minded sides.
WHAT THEY SAY
Robert Virgili (Broadmeadow Magic co-coach): “We are a very direct side and we won’t change. We’ll try and put it to Heidelberg and see what they’ve got.
“We’ve done a little bit of homework on them. I’m hearing they’re a direct side as well and quite quick up front/
“It could be end to end sort of stuff. We’re hoping if we can get an early goal maybe we can change things a little bit…but we’ve got to be wary on the counter attack.”
George Katsakis (Heidelberg United coach): “We’ve looked into [Broadmeadow Magic], we’ve got some footage sent over of them and asked some questions.
“We’ll definitely work towards that game and hopefully we can get something positive out of it.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
League: Northern NSW PS4 NPL
Current ladder position: 5th – won 7/ drawn 2/ lost 6
Latest result: Slumped to a shock 3-1 loss against last-placed South Cardiff FC on Sunday afternoon.
Who to watch out for: Kale Bradbury
League: PS4 NPL Victoria
Current ladder position: 2nd – won 14/ drawn 4 / lost 4
Latest result: Lost 2-1 away to Melbourne Knights on Sunday afternoon.
Who to watch out for: Daniel Heffernan