Tonight sees the beginning of Northern NSW Football’s (NNSWF) FFA Cup Round 5 Southern Conference matches, which features the final twelve (12) clubs battling it out for a spot in the State Qualifiers (Round 6).
National Premier Leagues (NPL) Northern NSW heavyweight Lambton Jaffas and Broadmeadow Magic will go toe-to-toe at Arthur Edden Oval in a fixture that sees two of the sides who would have been favourited to potentially feature in the national Round of 32 stage.
Both sides have already met once this season in a highly entertaining contest that saw Magic win 1-0 and given that the visitors have already featured in the Round of 32 four times in their history, they’ll be fixed on attaining victory again.
Jaffas’ Braedyn Crowley will be a man Broadmeadow will need to pay special attention to as he leads the NPL NNSW Golden Boot race with nine goals from nine games, and also scored an emphatic seven times in their last FFA Cup outing against Beresfield United.
That is not the only all-NPL NNSW match being contested in Round 5 as Weston Bears will host Valentine Phoenix at Rockwell Automation Park, and Charlestown City will travel to Maitland FC’s Cooks Square Park on Wednesday night.
Both Weston and Valentine have never progressed to the second round of the State Qualifiers (Round 7), although the Phoenix have made an appearance in Round 6 on two occasions before.
These two played out a dramatic 1-1 draw earlier in the NPL NNSW season and will both enter this match coming off the back of league victories.
Maitland and Charlestown have also faced one another and although the Magpies pulled off a clinical 2-0 victory in that game, the Blues are one of just five NNSWF clubs that have ever featured in the Round of 32 and only narrowly went down to NPL Victoria giant Heidelberg United 2-1 last year.
Hamilton Olympic and Edgeworth Eagles will be appearing on Wednesday night, however they’ll be facing clubs in leagues below theirs creating the potential of an almighty ‘cupset’.
Warners Bay will host Olympic at John Street Oval after defeating Nelson Bay 5-1 in Round 4, while New Lambton will host the ‘Battle of the Eagles’ as the defending NPL NNSW premiers travel to Alder Park.
The last match of the FFA Cup Round 5 Southern Conference will feature two NEWFM Northern League One sides in Kahibah FC and Cessnock City Hornets at Kahibah Oval, meaning a non-NPL side is guaranteed to feature in the State Qualifiers.
Kahibah and Cessnock already met in the league this season and it was the Hornets who picked up a 2-1 victory and since then, haven’t been defeated in the league or the Cup, including a shock win over Lake Macquarie City in Round 4.
Kahibah though also caused a major upset in their Round 4 clash, defeating NPL NNSW heavyweight Adamstown Rosebud 3-0, meaning this match could go either way.
Complete match details and scores can be found at theffacup.com.au.
Southern Conference Round 5 matches:
> Lambton Jaffas FC vs. Broadmeadow Magic FC – Tuesday 21st May, 7:00pm @ Arthur Edden Oval
> Kahibah FC vs. Cessnock City Hornets FC – Wednesday 22nd May, 7:00pm @ Kahibah Oval
> Weston Bears FC vs. Valentine Phoenix FC – Wednesday 22nd May, 7:00pm @ Rockwell Automation Park
> New Lambton FC vs. Edgeworth Eagles FC – Wednesday 22nd May, 7:00pm @ Alder Park
> Maitland FC vs. Charlestown City Blues FC – Wednesday 22nd May, 7:15pm @ Cooks Square Park
> Warners Bay FC vs. Hamilton Olympic FC – Wednesday 22nd May, 7:30pm @ John Street Oval