Stirling Lions
Westfield FFA Cup
Venue: Western Australia Athletics Stadium
Brisbane Roar


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Stirling Lions v Brisbane Roar

Venue: Western Australia Athletics Stadium, Perth

KO: 7.30pm (local) 9.30pm AEST


The Hyundai A-League champions make their debut in the Westfield FFA Cup with a tricky trip to Western Australia.

While it’s a huge challenge for the hosts, they have found their best form at the right time of the year.

The Lions have won three of their last four matches including a last-gasp 2-1 victory over ECU Joondalup on the weekend thanks to goals from Robert Petkov and David Micevski.

In Micevski and Moses Kalau, Stirling have the firepower to trouble Mike Mulvey’s side, while goal-keeper Aleks Vrteski provides some Hyundai A-League experience to draw from.

They will need all that and more up against the Roar, who will be keen to add the national Cup competition to their league success of last season.

Despite the loss of star striker Besart Berisha, Roar have been scoring heavily in the pre-season, including an impressive 3-0 win over Redlands United in their last meaningful hit-out just under a fortnight ago.

Jean Carlos Solorzano bagged a brace and is likely to lead the attack again, while Dimitri Petratos got the other goal.

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Henrique's acrobatics help steer Roar to win

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Henrique's acrobatics help steer Roar to win
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Roar roll Lions in the West

Brisbane Roar FC eased into the last 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup courtesy of a comfortable 4-0 win over Stirling Lions at the WA Athletics Stadium on Tuesday night.

After a tight opening to the game, Roar took the lead on 31 minutes, Henrique scoring from a bicycle kick after the Lions defence had done well to clear a goal-bound header off the line.

Despite more than holding their own against the Hyundai A-League champions throughout the first half, Stirling's hopes of mounting a comeback suffered a major blow when Corey Brown hit the back of the net in the 55th minute.

And Mike Mulvey's men put the game beyond doubt just past the hour mark, Thomas Broich picking out Matt Smith for the skipper to head his team into a 3-0 lead. 

Jean Carlos Solorzano got in on the action on 68 minutes, tucking home Dimitri Petratos' free-kick from close range to give the Hyundai A-League champions a comfortable victory.

Stirling Lions 0

Brisbane Roar 4 (Henrique 31', Brown 55', Smith 63', Solorzano 68')