Tonight’s FFA Cup Matches

After last night’s 5 exciting Cup matches, we move onto tonight’s round 4 fixtures where 20 matches will be played, all kicking off at almost the same time.

We saw Hills United and Manly United dominate their competition of two association teams, and tonight will see a whole lot more NPL sides make their 2019 entry into the cup.

Dee Why FC will host Fraser Park as the latter attempts to keep their run alive after last rounds 9-1 win over Redbacks whilst the hosts have already managed to knock off a State league opposition, defeating Balmain Tigers 1-0. Can they do it back to back against State league sides?

NPL 2 side Northern Tigers play host to new NPL 3 side Bankstown United. Bankstown dispatched Waverley Old Boys in round 3 with the only goal in their match and over the weekend played out a tough 0-0 with league leaders Gladesville Ryde Magic. Can the boys from Bankstown keep their cup run alive against a much tougher opponent?

Wollongong United will travel to face Kemps Creek in their round 4 match tonight after traveling not once, but twice and playing effectively 3 halves of football against Fairfield Bulls last round. The contest eventually finished 3-0 in favour of the Wollongong side, but will the amount of football they’ve played in recent weeks have any lasting effects? Meanwhile Kemps Creek beat Revesby Rovers convincingly with a 4-1 victory. Who will progress to round 5?

Blacktown Spartans and Bankstown City will go toe to toe with the latter easily defeating Pendle Hill 9-0 in round 3. Both sides are struggling somewhat in their respective competitions, so it will be interesting to see why makes it past. An upset wouldn’t shock here.

Last years round 7 side Tarrawanna Blueys host a much tougher Rydalmere Lions side in round 4 with the hosts defeating North Sydney United 7-0 last round. Will their NPL 2 opposition prove too much of a hurdle, or will they take confidence into the game knowing that the visitors have only won 2 of their league games thus far. Again, an upset wouldn’t surprise.

Match of the round Gladesville Ryde Magic host Sydney United 58 in what is shaping up to be a great contest. Magic are topping the NPL 3 table undefeated, whist SU58 are sitting in 4th on the NPL 1 table with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss. Home field advantage and an expected strong crowd may play to Magic’s favour, but the former NSL heavyweights are surely expected to progress onto round 5 for another year.

Pittwatter RSL host Ryde Saints United tonight and it’s fair to say we don’t know a lot about these sides. Pittwatter defeated Winston Hills 4-1 last round and Ryde Saints defeated Sydney Dragons 2-0.

NPL 3 side Hawkesbury City take on State League side Nepean FC in what will surely be an interesting affair. The Hawks are battling relegation this year whilst Nepean are fighting for promotion, both teams desperate to avoid being in State League and facing getting the axe for 2020. Expect both sides to play juniors and not care if they tumble out early.

A massive David v Goliath Battle is on the cards tonight as NPL 3 side Dunbar Rovers are playing what they are calling is the biggest match of their history, as they take on former NSL champions and NPL 1 league leaders Wollongong Wolves. We’ve heard the Wolves are playing a full strength side desperate to make the national competition for another year whilst Dunbar will be looking to use their home ground advantage. As much as we root for the little guy it’s hard to not see the Wolves progress.

IPL side Woonona Sharks host NPL 2 side Spirit FC. Spirit are currently sitting 2nd on the table and were undefeated until this weekend. Expect Spirit to go through but again, an upset is on the cards as always with the Illawarra sides.

Rockdale City Suns host NPL 2 side St George City in possibly the biggest game of their history. It’s a local derby and normally Rockdale would be the favourites, however with a new coach at the helm and a string of poor results may play against the hosts.

Coniston FC from the IPL host West Ryde Rovers in the Illawarra, with the hosts getting a 6-0 win over Albion Park City Razorbacks last round whilst the Rovers defeated Sutherland Shire side Gymea 3-1 away from home.

The Ponds will be hosting NPL 3 side Camden Tigers with the hosts hoping to build on their 2-0 away win against Revesby Workers last round. Camden Tigers were able to get past Brookvale FC 3-1 in round 3, and are sitting 9th in the league, but will they have enough to get past The Ponds?

It’s NPL 2 vs NPL 3 once against as Macarthur Rams host Stanmore Hawks. Stanmore are desperate to avoid relegation from NPL 3 whilst the Rams have been luckless in the league with only 1 win recorded. Again, it won’t surprise to see these teams play an under strength lineup, favouring the league over the cup.

Abbotsford Juniors “host” Marconi Stallions at Marconi Stadium with the association team winning their round 3 match 3-2 over Southern and Ettalong. Marconi are huge favourites here and for good reason.

Kirrawee Kangaroos will be looking to continue their cup run after defeating State Legue side Gazy Auburn last round as they face Thornleigh Tunder who defeated Rouse Hill Rams 1-0 last round.

Hurstville ZFC host fellow State League side UNSW FC at VSP tonight with the hosts defeating Baulkham Hills 3-1 last round and UNSW defeated Kanwal Warnervale Rovers 4-0. The two sides met only last week where Hurstville took all 3 points with a 3-1 win away from home.

The Generals Minotaurs will be hoping for the best tonight against the much favoured Mounties Wanderers. The Minotaurs defeated Sydney Rangers 6-1 last round whilst Mounties are sitting 7th in the NPL 2.

And finally Cronulla Seagulls will be looking to add another scalp to their collection after defeating State League side Prospect United last round as they host Bonnyrigg White Eagles. Bonnyrigg has only 2 wins so far in the hotly contested NPL 2 competition, but will be looking to progress another round in the cup.

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