FFA Cup Round 7 Draw

Finally we’ve made it.

After 5 rounds of preliminaries, we’re 5 games away from finding out who will represent NSW in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

Manly United v Rockdale

Both teams traveling alright in the NPL this year with Rockdale stringing some wins together to see themselves into 3rd on the table. Rockdale will definitely be the favourites going into this match over a weaker Manly side.

Manly’s – 7-0 Blue Mountains, 3-0 Coniston, 1-0 Sutherland Sharks
Rockdale – 3-0 St George FA, 3-2 Wollongong United, 6-1 Sydney Uni

Sydney Olympic v Marconi Stallions

It’s hard to ask for a better match to determine a representative for NSW. Two old NSL powerhouses battling it out to make it to the national stage once again, the only shame is that they’re playing a round too early. Olympic really pulled the cat out of the bag against State league side Nepean so they’ll be cautious going into this one.

Olympic – 3-1 Lindfield, 2-0 Stanmore Hawks, 2-1 Nepean
Marconi – 7-1 Abbotsford, 5-1 The Ponds, 3-1 Hakoah

Sydney United v Northern Tigers

Both sides have had tough runs to this point so far, and have played some very entertaining games. United will be favourites but don’t count out a gutsy Northern Tigers who may take them all the way.

SU58 – 1-0 Gladesville Ryde, 3-0 Woonona Sharks, 2-1 Blacktown City
Tigers – 4-0 Bankstown United, 2-0 NSM, 4-3 Bonnyrigg

Wollongong Wolves v Mt Druitt Town Rangers

Wolves have managed to pull a rabbit out of a hat on more than one occasion this cup campaign with late wins against Dunbar and Pittwater RSL whilst Rangers have had arguably one of the easiest runs in to date. Wolves will be wanting to return to the national stage after missing out on an A-League licence, but can the men from the west stop them?

Wolves – 2-1 Dunbar, 11-0 Coledale Waves, 2-1 Pittwater RSL
Rangers – 2-0 Banksia Tigers, 8-1 Kirrawee Kangaroos, 4-1 Hazelbrook

Dulwich Hill v St George

Finally, the game we’re all wanting to see. NPL 3 v NPL 2 and if there’s one side that can do it from NPL 3 it’s Dully. They’ve knocked off a couple of IPL clubs as well as Mounties and are definitely quality enough to do it again. St George though, whilst not having the best season to date in the league knocked off powerhouse APIA in round 6 and will back themselves to beat an objectively weaker Dully side.

Dully – 4-0 Woongarrah, 2-2 (5-3 pens) Wollongong Olympic, 3-1 Tarrawanna Blueys, 3-1 Mounties
St George 2-1 – SD Raiders, 4-0 West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook, 1-0 APIA

Dulwich have the opportunity to be the lowest ranked side since Balmain in 2015 to make the round of 32 whilst St George can match the feat of reaching it from NPL 2 last set by Hills United in 2017.

We’ll have at least 3 NPL 1 sides with the possibility of a 4th depending if United beat Tigers and at least 1 side from NPL 2 or lower with the 2nd depending again on the outcome of the Tigers match.

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