Parramatta FC
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Venue: Melita Stadium
St Albans Saints


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Parramatta FC versus St Albans Saints


Venue: Melita Stadium, Sefton, Sydney

KO: 7.30pm AEST

Parramatta FC will be looking to revive the club's glory days by embarking on a memorable cup run when they host St Albans Saints SC.

Parramatta, two-time former NSL Cup winners, go into the game six points clear at the top of NPL NSW 2, unbeaten in 14 league matches, with their last defeat a 4-2 loss at home to Macarthur Rams in April.

Daniel Rezo is the Eagles' leading goal-scorer this season with nine in 19 appearances, while Frank Martey has notched seven in 19 and Shayne Ardle has chipped in with five in as many matches. Standing between them and a place in the last 16 are St Albans, fourth in NPL Victoria 1 and boasting an impressive unbeaten run of their own. The Saints have won three and drawn five of their last eight league outings, leaving them just three points behind second-placed North Geelong in a congested chasing pack.

Barry Devlin has been St Albans' chief threat this term, with seven strikes in 17 appearances, although the goal-scoring burden has been shared around at Churchill Reserve. Sean Mcilroy has hit the back of the net four times, while Adam Nakic, Brodie Paterson and Juso Julardzija all have three apiece. 

A cracking tie awaits in this Sydney v Melbourne match-up. 

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Hero Devlin in heaven after Saints win

St Albans hero Barry Devlin says he’ll never forget the stunning goal he smashed in that sent the Saints from Victoria into the round of 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup – especially as the Irishman’s not even a striker.

In Tuesday night's round of 32 clash against Parramatta FC in Sydney, Devlin opened the scoring for the visitors on 35 minutes with one of the first real chances of the game. 

A dynamic right-foot shot from outside the area putting St Albans 1-0 up at Melita Stadium. 

The Victorians held on to register a famous win and now they could face Hyundai A-League opposition in September in the round of 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup.

“It’s a feel I can’t describe, I swear to God,” the Irishman told moments after the final whistle.

“It’s the beauty of the Cup, eh?

“It’s one of those shots, 100 of them blaze over the bar but this one I caught it sweetly.”

He revealed that playing up front wasn’t his forte after the Saints' regular striker injured a hamstring last week.

“I’m usually centre half so I was thrown up front for this game. Believe or not, that’s my tenth goal of the season, nine have been with my head though.

“But the boys at the back were excellent. Kept a clean sheet. We rode our luck a bit. 

"Fair play to Parramatta, but what can I say?

“And with our supporters, they were second to none. I reckon over 500 travelled up.”

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