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Heidelberg United advanced to the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 with a commanding 3-1 win over Broadmeadow Magic in Newcastle on Wednesday night.
Three first half goals and some clinical finishing gave the PS4 NPL Victora outfit a three goal lead going into the half-time break, which then fought off a spirited Broadmeadow Magic side in the second forty five minutes.
Broadmeadow started the brighter of the two sides displaying some promising football in the opening fifteen minutes. There was an early penalty claim from Kale Bradbery followed by consecutive Scot Pettit corners. The first genuine chance came ten minutes in as Dino Fajkovic showed a burst of pace down the middle to release Pettit down the right hand side, his cross found Luke Virgili at the back post but couldn’t beat Jason Koutsodontis in the Heidelberg goal.
Heidelberg weathered the early storm and were clinical from then on, Jack Petrie opened their account on 22 minutes with a blistering shot from outside the area, Nathan Archbold could do little to prevent the strike as it brushed his fingertips on the way into the top corner.
Less than three minutes later the visitors doubled their lead as Kaine Sheppard got in behind the defence after some nice build up play from Daniel Heffernan, slotting the ball past Archbold.
Heffernan had a standout performance leading the Heidlelberg attack and got his reward on the 38th minute as he tucked the ball under an advancing Archibold after controlling a lofted ball from Sheppard and gave the visitors a resounding three goal lead going into the half-time break.
Broadmeadow Magic came out strong after the break as Pettit brushed the top netting in the opening minutes, while a Kale Bradbery effort was inches away from goal as it rolled nervously across the goal mouth on 63 minutes.
Dino Fajkovic’s strike from close range managed to rocket back off the upright and cross bar in the 71st minute before the home side would eventually find the back of the net just a minute later.
Magic pulled one back through Scott Pettit on 72 minutes, his perseverance inside the penalty making the score line 3-1.
Substitute Rhys Tippet produced a fantastic finish on 86 minutes volleying over Koutsodontis from 40 yards out with a sublime effort that would have made it 3-2, but was adjudged to have been narrowly offside and the goal was disallowed.
In a night that wasn’t meant to be for the home side, Heidlelberg’s experience and class in the final third saw them win on the night by a two goal margin.
Edgeworth FC v Melbourne City
Tuesday 4 August, 2015
Magic Park, Broadmeadow NSW
Kick Off 7.30pm (local)
Adult – $20
Adult – $15
Concession/Child – $10
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