Blacktown City
Westfield FFA Cup
Venue: Lily Homes Stadium
Bentleigh Greens


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Blacktown City v Bentleigh Greens


Venue: Lillys Football Centre, Seven Hills, Sydney

KO: 7.30pm

This promises to be the closest tie of the night with both sides in similar form in their respective NPL leagues and possessing strong squads.

Blacktown have had a superb domestic season, winning the NSW Waratah Cup Final 6-2 against fellow Westfield FFA Cup side Manly United.

Unfortunately for Mark Crittenden’s men their title hopes evaporated with a 0-0 draw with Sydney United on the weekend meaning they have dropped to third spot.

But in striker Travis Major they have a player with an eye for goal and someone who could prove a real weapon on Tuesday night.

Japanese import Ruyji Miyazawa is one to watch while former Sydney FC winger Mitch Mallia, Kearyn Baccus and Sasa Macura are key players for the NSW side.

Experienced Greens coach John Anastasiadis will ensure his side won’t be overawed by the trip north.

Bentleigh, who drew 2-2 with Heidelberg on the weekend to remain fourth in the Victorian NPL,  have been soaking up their run to the national cup competition and have threats all over the park.

The midfield of Liam McCormick, skipper Wayne Wallace and Davide Cardamone are a real strength while striker David Stirton is also in form.

Winger Ryan De Vries provides some blistering pace as well.

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Bentleigh hold off Blacktown City

A lone first half goal was enough for Bentleigh Greens to down Blacktown City and progress to the round of 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup.

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Bentleigh hold off Blacktown City

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Bentleigh hold off Blacktown City
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Greens rode their luck: Wallace

Bentleigh Greens star Wayne Wallace admits his side rode their luck but says it a massive achievement for the club to progress to the last 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup.

On an evening of shocks in Tuesday night’s round of 32 action, the Greens got the job done on the road against Blacktown City winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from David Stirton.

Despite being pinned back for much of the first half, the visitors produced a moment of quality five minutes before the break as Stirton headed home from close range.

The Victorians then held on in the second half to register an historic win and go into the draw for the round of 16 in September.

“It was pretty tough to be honest,” Wallace told

“The first 15 it was hard to pass the ball. We started to pick it up 20 (minutes) before the half and then managed to get the goal.

“We thought we’d come out and pass the ball about for a bit but  we didn’t really touch the ball in the second half.

“We pretty much lumped it and were probably lucky to get a win out of it but it’s all the same and we’re through.”

Bentleigh could now face an Hyundai A-League club when the draw for the next round is conducted later this month.

But after making it this far, Wallace said he doesn’t care who they are pitted against on their chase for national glory.

“Maybe it would be good just to get the NPL team and move on to the next round,” he said.

“Either fixture will be good for the club. To get a home fixture against an A-League club would be the same…massive.”

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