Hakoah Sydney City East
Westfield FFA Cup
(Tue 19 Aug 2014, 07.30PM LOCAL)
Venue: Hensley Athletic Field
Palm Beach Sharks


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Hakoah Sydney City v Palm Beach Sharks

Venue: Hensley Athletics Field, Pagewood, Sydney

KO: 7.30pm (local)


Despite what is set to be cold and wet conditions in Sydney, Hensley Athletic Park will be at fever pitch as Hakoah Sydney City hope to revive the club's golden days when they host Queensland NPL powerhouse Palm Beach Sharks.

Playing in the third-tier in NSW, Hakoah are one of the lowest-ranked side’s left in the FFA Cup but can’t be underestimated to pull off a shock.

Under their former guise as Sydney City, the club were once one of the powerhouses of the old NSL, winning four titles in the first decade of the national competition.

They have enjoyed some more success in the men’s NSW State League 1 this season, wrapping up the title with weeks to spare.

Hakoah head into the clash on the back of a 0-0 draw with Western NSW Mariners on the weekend, the side’s fourth draw in a row.

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Adelaide United striker Lloyd Owusu is the team’s spearhead, but the likes of Jordan Mundell and Kevin Lopes have also been in strong form.

Like Hakoah, the Sharks secured their domestic title weeks ago and will be fresh for the trip to Sydney after their weekend’s clash against Brisbane Roar NYL was postponed due to wet weather.

Christopher Lucas is the side’s gun attacking weapon, having scored an astonishing 31 goals in just 20 appearances in the league this season.

Former Gold Coast United defender Kristian Rees is one to look out for in the visitors’ line-up.

It promises to be a cracking tie in this NSW v Queensland match-up.

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Sharks v Hakoah extended highlights

Palm Beach Sharks secured their passage to the Westfield FFA Cup round of 16 with a 2-1 win over Hakoah Sydney City.

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Sharks prevail over City in Sydney

Palm Beach Sharks booked their place in the Westfield FFA Cup round of 16 after holding off Hakoah Sydney City to win 2-1 at a chilly Hensley Athletic Field on Tuesday night.

The NPL Queensland visitors led as early as the second minute courtesy of a clinical finish inside the area from Daniel Dragicevic.

They doubled their advantage 15 minutes later, former Hyundai A-League player Kristian Rees meeting a Chris Lucas corner to power a header beyond Daniel Conway in the Hakoah goal.

Nik Mirkovic went close to making it 3-0 just past the hour mark, Conway getting down well at the back post to deny the substitute.

The hosts pulled one back against the run of play in the 68th minute, former Adelaide United player Lloyd Owusu capping off a fast counter-attack by converting Neil Jablonski's pinpoint cross to the back post.

Lucas should have restored the Sharks' two-goal buffer when played through one on one with four minutes to go, but fired high over the bar after getting around the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Hakoah almost made him pay for the miss, Owusu and then Gavin Macpherson snatching at half chances inside the area in the 90th minute.

But there was no way through for the NSW State League Division 1 side, with the Sharks joining Hyundai A-League heavyweights and giant-killers in the draw for the next round as Queensland’s impressive run in this Cup competition continued. 

Hakoah Sydney City 1 (Owusu 68')

Palm Beach Sharks 2 (Dragicevic 2', Rees 17')