Westfield FFA Cup 2017 Round of 32 – Match Day 3 Review

The Central Coast Mariners have become the second Hyundai A-League club to fall to a Member Federation club in as many days after Blacktown City claimed their scalp in a five goal thriller on another memorable night in the Westfield FFA Cup.


All up 23 goals were scored across the night’s four Round of 32 matches, eight of which came from Sydney FC in their comfortable 8-0 win over Darwin Rovers. The total goals tally is the most for any match day in the history of the Westfield FFA Cup Final Rounds.


Joey Gibbs’ second goal of the night in the 82nd minute proved the clincher for Blacktown City as they recorded a famous triumph as the Central Coast Mariners followed Perth Glory out the door after the Western Australians were knocked out by Heidelberg United the previous night.


The 3-2 result also secured Blacktown City $7,500 as part of NAB Golden Goals, an initiative which sees NAB award $2,500 to Member Federation clubs for each goal they score against a Hyundai A-League team.


While Blacktown City celebrated progression to the Round of 16 in consecutive years and being the first Member Federation club to score three goals against Hyundai A-League opposition, it was the second year in succession the Mariners have been knocked out by a Member Federation club after they were beaten by Victorian side Green Gully in last year’s Round of 32.


On the synthetic surface of Lily Homes Stadium, Blacktown jumped out of the blocks as Gibbs and Giorgio Speranza made it 2-0 after 17 minutes before the Mariners clawed their way back thanks to a double from Kwabena Appiah.


But as they did last year when they overran Sydney United 58 FC at the same venue, Blacktown City would be ahead when it counted as the final whistle was met by jubilant scenes.


There was no such fairytale in the Top End as Sydney FC ran riot against the tradies of Darwin Rovers. The hosts, who turned up to the match in a limousine, held the reigning Hyundai A-League Champions out for the first 20 minutes but once Brazilian striker Bobô scored his first of four goals, the floodgates opened.


The final score line is the highest winning margin in the Westfield FFA Cup Final Rounds, eclipsing the previous best of 6-0, while Bobô joined Matt Sim as the only other player to score four goals in a match.


It was also a big night in Queensland for the Piddick brothers, Grae and Adam, as both of their teams went through to the last 16.


Grae Piddick, the Head Coach of Gold Coast City, oversaw his charges’ 3-1 win over a brave Western Knights as chief goal scorer Jarrod Kyle netted a brace for the hosts.


Meanwhile Adam Piddick, who is the Technical Director and a player at Moreton Bay United, watched on as the Round of 32 debutantes outlasted Broadmeadow Magic 4-2 in a thriller in extra time at Wolter Park.


With scores locked 2-2 after 90 minutes, the turning point came when Broadmeadow forward Dino Fajkovic was red carded for a second bookable offence eight minutes into extra time.


Moreton Bay took full advantage, substitutes Paul Mikula and Declan Smith scoring within the space of two minutes to send the home side through to the last 16.


The final four matches in the Round of 32 will be played next Wednesday 9 August.


Westfield FFA Cup 2017 Round of 32 – Match Day 3 Results


Blacktown City 3 (Gibbs 3’/82’, G.Speranza 17’)

Central Coast Mariners 2 (Appiah 32’/54’)

Crowd: 1,667 @ Lily Homes Stadium, Seven Hills

Referee: Adrian Arndt


Blacktown City starting line-up: 1.Tristan Prendergast (gk), 3.Giorgio Speranza, 4.Roberto Speranza, 5.Grant Lynch, 6.Matthew Lewis (c), 8.Daniel Araujo, 9.Joseph Gibbs, 10.Connor Evans, 17.Lewis Beumie (12.James Andrew 71’), 19.Zachary Cairncross, 22.Yuta Konagaya


Substitutes not used: 16.Evangelos Patramanis, 18.Mason Ireland, 20.Dylan Niski (gk), 21.Bo Hyun (Kenny) Chun

Yellow cards: Lewis 30’

Red cards: Nil


Central Coast Mariners starting line-up: 20.Adam Pearce (gk), 2.Storm Roux (c), 3.Josh Rose, 4.Jake McGing, 5.Antony Golec, 6.Tom Hiariej (16.Liam Rose 87’), 7.Andrew Hoole, 11.Connor Pain, 13.Kwabena Appiah (10.Daniel De Silva 87’), 15.Alan Baro, 17.Josh Bingham (12.Trent Buhagiar 87’)


Substitutes not used: 18.Thomas Glover (gk), 21.Kye Rowles

Yellow cards: Rose 61’, Bingham 81’, Baro 90’

Red cards: Nil



Moreton Bay United 4 (Janovski 73’, Strogusz 76’, Mikula 107’, Smith 109’)

Broadmeadow Magic 2 (Fajkovic 18’, Bradbury 90’ (pen))

Crowd: 1,192 @ Wolter Park, Albany Creek

Referee: Chris Beath


Moreton Bay United starting line-up: 20.Jordan Thurtell (gk), 2.Sam Dickinson, 4.Matthew Byrne, 7.Kyusub Bang, 8.Matthew Capelo, 9.Riley Campbell (18.Declan Smith 60’), 10.Donggyu Lee (24.Paul Mikula 83’), 11.Stephen Green, 13.Cameron Millar (16.Lachlan Strogusz 69’), 14.Alex Janovsky (c), 26.Rhys Gywnn-Jones


Substitutes not used: 5.Jordan Loy, 17.Byron Sinnerton

Yellow cards: Green 14’, Janovski 29’, Bang 43’

Red cards: Nil


Broadmeadow Magic starting line-up: 1.Nikolas Giantsopoulos (gk), 3.Joshua Piddington (c) (27.Jacob Dowse 111’), 5.Luke Virgili, 7.James Virgili (22.Lawrence Foteff 77’), 8.Matthew Hoole, 9.Peter Haynes (10.Scott Pettit 55’), 11.Dino Fajkovic, 12.Shane Paul, 14.Jon Griffiths, 18.Charlie Cox, 19.Kale Bradbery


Substitutes not used: 20.Jeremy Wilson, 66.Bradley Mackenzie (gk)

Yellow cards: Fajkovic 36’/98’, Haynes 39’, Griffiths 68’, Paul 115’, Bradbury 120’, Pettit 121’

Red cards: Fajkovic 98’



Gold Coast City 3 (Patterson 10’ (og), Kyle 64’/79’)

Western Knights 1 (Burns 90+2’)

Crowd: 1,033 @ Mallawa Sporting Complex, Palm Beach

Referee: Casey Reibelt


Gold Coast City starting line-up: 1.Matt Stein (gk), 2.Riley Dillon (14.Benjamin Lyvidikos 67’), 4.Martin Vazquez, 5.Matthew Schmidt, 6.Roman Hofmann, 7.Justyn McKay (c) (10.Jacob Boutoubia 86’), 9.Jarrod Kyle, 11.Nik Mirkovic, 15.Eoghan Murphy, 21.Sam Smith (18.Jason Campbell 83’), 22.Jaiden Walker


Substitutes not used: 3.Oskar Dillon, 20.Josh Langdon (gk)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil


Western Knights starting line-up: 20.Samuel Stone (gk), 2.Thomas Southgate, 5.Graham Tough, 6.Ben Coulter (c), 8.Brian Patterson, 9.John Chalmers, 12.Ryan Tucker (18.James Burns 78’), 13.Harry Hall, 15.Adriano Jelenovic, 21.Joshua Cortes (7.Ryan Haslett 83’), 27.Kevin Ashwood


Substitutes not used: 1.Samuel Hutchings (gk), 17.Delan De Silva

Yellow cards: Patterson 45’, Chalmers 78’

Red cards: Nil



Darwin Rovers 0

Sydney FC 8 (Bobô 23’/34’/76’/82’, Carney 40’, Simon 51’, Buijs 58’, Ninkovic 71’)

Crowd: 2,680 @ Darwin Football Stadium, Darwin

Referee: Daniel Elder


Darwin Rovers starting line-up: 1.Matthew Ashton (gk), 2.Samuel Rowley, 3.David McDonnell, 4.Daniel Smith, 5.Warren Behan (12.Marvin Wilding 79’), 6.Warren Barry, 7.Christopher Rowley, 8.Matthew Cawley (15.Dexter Newman 81’), 9.Carl Marshall, 10.Simon Bell (c), 11.Dean Molloy (16.Sean McCarthy 49’)


Substitutes not used: 17.Robert Ward, 22.Mathew McGee (gk)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil


Sydney FC starting line-up: 1.Andrew Redmayne (gk), 5.Jordy Buijs, 6.Josh Brillante, 7.Michael Zullo (27.Nicola Kuleski 80’), 8.Paulo Retre, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos Ninkovic (25.John Iredale 73’), 17.David Carney, 18.Matt Simon (c) (21.Charles Lokoli Ngoy 62’), 19.Chris Zuvela, 31.Patrick Flottmann


Substitutes not used: 3.Samuel McIllhatton, 30.Thomas Heward-Belle (gk)

Yellow cards: Simon 28’, Zuvela 63’

Red cards: Nil