FFA Cup Round of 32: How South Australia fared

Ahead of Wednesday night’s FFA Cup’s Round of 16 fixtures, Fiasco Sports examines how the three South Australian teams managed in the previous round.

 

Credit: Football Australia

Credit: Football Australia

 

The three teams from Adelaide consisted of local A-League side Adelaide United and state teams Croydon Kings and MetroStars SC.

 

United automatically qualified, whilst Croydon Kings gained entry after defeating Adelaide City in the play-off rounds for South Australian National Premier League sides.

 

Meanwhile, MetroStars gained entry by winning the 2014 NPL Championship.

 

They were the first to play, travelling away to verse NSW NPL leader Blacktown FC.

 

 

MetroStars vs Blacktown : 2-1

 

 

Blacktown drew first blood in the fixture, scoring through attacking midfielder Patrick Antelmi in the 34th minute.

 

A square ball from Mitchell Mallia found Antelmi in the box, calmly slotting the ball past Metrostars keeper Daniel Godley.

 

However, the score levelled when a cross into the box found striker Jonathan Negus catching Blacktown keeper off his line.

 

The tie later went in favour of the Metrostars when some terrific link up play found midfielder Rocky Callisto bouncing the ball into the Blacktown goalkeeper’s near post.

 

With the game finishing 2-1, the Adelaide outfit proceeded through to the Round of 16.

 

There they will face Oakleigh Cannons at Elite Systems football centre on Wednesday night, after the Victorian side defeated Far North Queensland on penalties.

 

Credit: Croydon Kings FC

Credit: Croydon Kings FC

 

Croydon Kings vs Lions FC : 1-2

 

 

Some beautiful linking passes from the Lions FC, the Queensland NPL team, found Shoheel Khan calmly slotting the opening goal past Nick Munro.

 

A somewhat controversial penalty in the 47th minute doubled their advantage when Andre Bonotto sent Kings’ goalkeeper Munro the wrong way.

 

Croydon Kings skipper Luke Klimek later drew a goal back with a sweet strike from outside the box, but it was not enough as Lions FC prevailed.

 

Lions FC will next face A-League side Perth Glory.

 

Credit: Adelaide United

Credit: Adelaide United

 

Adelaide United vs Darwin Olympic : 6-1

 

 

Playing away against the first Northern Territory to compete in the FFA Cup, United drew first blood with a Marcelo Carrusca penalty after Osama Malik was fouled in the box.

 

Incredibly, Darwin Olympic then blitzed the A-league side a minute later when a through ball found Michael Tsounias one-on-one with Adelaide gloveman Eugene Galekovic.

 

NAB young footballer recipient James Jeggo then put United ahead with two goals in successive minutes, ensuring United would head into the break 3-1 ahead.

 

The second half also saw three goals in as many minutes when strikes from Sergio Cirio, United debutant Eli Babalj and Pablo Sanchez sealed the result.

 

In the only sour note of the game, Olympic were mysteriously not awarded a close range goal in the 62nd minute.

 

Adelaide United will face Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night, after the sky blues beat Sorrento FC 2-0.

 

Written by Daniel Kuberek @kuubeey

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