FFA Cup Matchday 3 Review – NSW Teams

Well it was certainly a huge night for the two games featuring the NSW teams. Sydney FC traveled to Darwin whilst Blacktown City hosted a fired up Central Coast Mariners. Let’s take a look at the 13 goals that were scored across the 2 games.

Blacktown City v Central Coast Mariners

What a game this was, and a great choice by Fox Sports to make this the TV broadcasted game.

It all started in the 2nd minute when Joey Gibbs scored a beautiful free kick to put the NSW NPL leaders up 1-0. Blacktown would double their advantage in the 17th minute when Speranza found the back of the net, assisted by Joey Gibbs.

Central Coast managed to claw one goal back  in the 32nd minute through Appiah before leveling the scores in the 54th minute, Appiah scoring a rare brace.

As the game was looking as though it might go to extra time, Joey Gibbs once again delivered the goods. Playing a beautiful through ball to Araujo who then crossed it back in, Gibbs put the ball in the bottom corner to seal Blacktown’s passage to the round of 16, and the 2nd cupset this year.

Darwin Rovers v Sydney FC

There’s not a lot to say about this one really, Sydney went in as the reigning A-League Premiers and Champions and as such were heavy favourites to win.

Darwin looked promising in the opening 20 minutes, creating a few chances of their own however it would be Brazillian import Bobo to open the scoring with a lovely volley to beat the keeper. Bobo would then add to his tally in the 34th minute, converting a somewhat dodgy penalty call to make it 2-0.

With David Carney scoring in the 40th, Sydney would take a 3-0 lead into the break. Fans would recognise this scoreline as the HT score from the Rovers game in last years FFA Cup.

From there, the 2016 FFA Cup runners up put their foot to Darwin’s throat, scoring another 5 goals, 2 of which Bobo scored bringing his tally for the game to 4, and setting a new largest FFA Cup win at 8-0.

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