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cup pride for “pissants”

Eight months after telling Football Central that he was “sure” he would guide Adelaide United to silverware, Reds coach Josep Gombau has delivered on that promise with his charges lifting the FFA Cup after a victory over Perth Glory on Tuesday night at Coopers Stadium. After a slow start with both sides looking to establish their dominance in midfield where only one clear chance was created, Adelaide took control of the match with a sustained period of pressure that resulted in a number of chances for the home side. Perth’s defence proved a tough obstacle to overcome however, with the…

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Adelaide 90 minutes away from silverware

Adelaide United are through to the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup final after defeating the Central Coast Mariners 3-2 at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night. In a strange atmosphere with half of the stadium closed, the hosts dominated proceedings and were 2-0 up at halftime. The Reds took the lead in the 39th minute through Sergio Cirio’s composed finish, before doubling their advantage five minutes later as Awer Mabil hammered home. Both assists came courtesy of new signing Pablo Sánchez, who was returning from a short injury layoff and took the place of the injured Bruce Djite in the centre of…

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What we learnt – St Albans Saints 1 – 4 Perth Glory

Perth Glory confirmed their passage into the last eight of the inaugural FFA Cup with a strong 4-1 victory against NPL1 side, St Albans Saints at Knights Stadium on Tuesday night. Perth controlled the majority of possession throughout the match, but faced a stern test coming up against a resilient St Albans defence. The opening half hour saw the hosts hold the side from Perth at bay. Then in the 38th minute Glory were awarded a free kick in shooting range, not much of their play tested the Saints’ back-line before that point. Nebosja Marinkovic changed it all with a…

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What we learnt – Adelaide United 2 – 0 Brisbane Roar

Adelaide United hosted Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup Round of 16 at Coopers Stadium on Tuesday night in a match that the home side dominated, culminating in a 2-0 scoreline in favour of the Reds. United controlled the match throughout but especially in the first 45 minutes, where they set up camp inside the Roar half of the pitch and pressured the Brisbane defenders when they were on the ball. United’s pressing gave the Roar a number of problems as they couldn’t play out from the back and continued to turn the ball over in dangerous areas. United peppered…

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Preview – FFA Cup Round of 16

PALM BEACH SHARKS (QLD)                                               VS                               SOUTH SPRINGVALE (VIC) Their victory was arguably the story of the first round, and self-described ‘pub-team’ South Springvale will look to continue their run and defeat Palm Beach on Tuesday night. The part-timers from Victoria’s third-tier defeated South Cardiff on penalties in the round of 32, and the task won’t get any easier against the Gold Coast-based Sharks. South Springvale will be driven by their loss in the Docherty Cup final three weeks ago, a result which goalkeeper Rani Dowisha claimed ‘really hurt’. Dowisha went on to explain that South Springvale will not let…

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What we learnt – Adelaide City 1 Brisbane Strikers 0

Adelaide City advanced the quarter finals of the inaugural FFA Cup on Tuesday night after defeating Brisbane Strikers 1-0. The match was played at Marden Sports Complex in front of a crowd 2,024, who witnessed an entertaining end to end clash with both sides keen to attack with pace and vigour. The goal came in the 43rd minute after Anthony Costa turned in a loose ball following a top draw save from Strikers goalkeeper Michael Turnbull. City took a deserved lead into the interval after creating more opportunities during the first half, although Strikers carried a clear threat with pace…

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Preview – FFA Cup Round of 16

ADELAIDE CITY (SA)                              VS                                                 BRISBANE STRIKERS (QLD) Adelaide City became the FFA Cup’s first genuine giant-killers in the round of thirty-two, their one-nil victory over Western Sydney Wanderers drew numerous plaudits. Eighteen year-old Thomas Love’s solo-goal provided arguably the most memorable moment of the first-round, and Love will get another opportunity to impress A-League clubs reportedly interested in his services. To reach the final eight they will need to overcome the Brisbane Strikers, who required extra-time to defeat Broadmeadow Magic in their first match. Goals to Matt Thurtell and Scot Coulson were enough for the Strikers, who dominated possession and the…

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From Adelaide with Love

As a part time footballer and full-time student, not many outside of Adelaide City had heard about Tom Love before the FFA Cup got into full swing. However, he changed all that when he scored the most spectacular of goals in City’s 1-0 win over A-League powerhouse Western Sydney Wanderers. Love received the ball inside his own half before beating four players and then calmly nutmegging Ante Covic in the Wanderers goal. Love spoke to Football Central about the goal, believing, finals football and the future. He started by revealing his thinking process when he sprinted clear of the Western Sydney…

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Preview – FFA Cup Round of 32

HAKOAH SYDNEY CITY EAST (NSW)                VS                               PALM BEACH SHARKS (QLD) On paper, this match should be a straight forward tie for Palm Beach. The Sharks are the runaway leaders of the Queensland NPL, whilst Hakoah Sydney City East are competing in the third tier in New South Wales. However, this tournament has already shown paper is irrelevant, and with players such as former Ghanaian international Lloyd Owusu leading the line, the Bondi Club will be looking to create yet another upset.  Hakoah, formed in 1939 by members of Sydney’s Jewish community, competed in the NSL from 1977 to 1986 under…

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Proceed with Caution

The debate in football circles and social media surrounding issues such as expansion, promotion/relegation, cup competitions and other ways in which to promote the growth of the game in Australia has been raging for some time now. It shows we’ve come along way from the days of questioning if there will be a national competition to now discussing how to build it. Melbourne Victory and Oțelul Galați board member, Florin Burhala, recommends caution as the game moves forward. His many years of experience in the game and having spent the last year in Europe has taught him if any changes…

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