FFA Cup Match Day 2 Review – NSW Teams

Another successful night for NSW teams as we saw both APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Western Sydney Wanderers qualify for the round of 16 of the cup.

They will join other NSW teams Hakoah Sydney City East and Bankstown Berries. Joining them tonight could be Blacktown City and Sydney FC.

Olympia FC v APIA Leichhardt Tigers

What a game this was and definitely from a NSW perspective, game of the round.

Leichhardt had to make the tough trip down to Tasmania, and came away 5-0 winners over Olympia Warriors. Keep in mind that they now have to come home to rest up before playing Blacktown City in the NPL in a game which will essentially decide the premiership.

The Tigers took an early advantage with Symons snagging a goal in the 6th minute before Dapuzzo slotted home a penalty 27 minutes in.

Going into the half time break, the Tigers could have easilt been 4 or 5 goals up if it weren’t for Olympia keeper Cole.

Olympia hung on well until the 78th minute when Symonds would make it 3-0 and seal the game up, getting around the keeper to score in an empty net.

Sekiya managed to get on the score sheet as APIA made it 4-0, before Symonds conpleted his hat trick in the 86th minute.

Fun fact; Symonds hat trick is the 5th in the cup and only the 2nd by a non A-League player.

Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers

I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a match that was so interesting but at the same time so boring to watch.

For the 2nd year in a row these sides met at Campbelltown Stadium in the round of 32 and again it would be the Wanderers that would progress.

This time however it took 121 minutes for the first goal courtesy of new Wanderers marquee man Riera.

An interesting note, the Wanderers opened their goal scoring account this season off a corner, which they don’t score many off of.

Both sides had plenty of chances, with Bonevacia coming the closest in the 1st half, hitting his shot wide of an empty net.

Some tough defence by the Nix kept them in the contest and just as we were getting ready for penalties, we had a game winner not unlike the one by South Melbourne last week.


Also in the cup last night Perth Glory became the next A-League team to be defeated by an NPL side, losing to Heidelberg 1-0 whilst Melbourne City were 2-0 winners of Peninsula Power, although the Queensland side were more troblesome than first thought.

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