Sydney United 58 FC
Westfield FFA Cup
Venue: Sydney United Sports Centre


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Sydney United v FNQ Heat


Venue: Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor, Sydney

KO: 7.30pm

Sydney United will be hoping to relive the club’s glory days on the national stage when they host FNQ FC Heat.

After winning the NSW NPL 1 title last season, Mark Rudan’s Sydney United have found the going tough this campaign but head into this clash in strong form.

The former NSL powerhouse has lost just once in their last six matches in the NSW top flight, including the weekend’s 0-0 draw with fellow Westfield FFA Cup side Blacktown City.

And they possess a squad with some Hyundai A-League experience.

Mirjan Pavlovic (Wellington Phoenix), Joel Chianese (Sydney FC), Kaz Patafta (Newcastle Jets/Melbourne Victory) and Alec Urosevski (Sydney FC) give United some experience and quality to be feared.

They won’t have it easy though against a Heat side that is also hitting their straps at the right time.

FNQ are unbeaten in their last eight matches and have surged up the Queensland NPL ladder to sit fifth.

Former Phoenix midfielder Alex Smith has been pivotal in their rise, while the acquisition of Zenon Caravella from Newcastle Jets also gives them another threat in what should be a cracking tie with a real State of Origin feel to it.

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United turn heat on FNQ

Sydney United 58 moved into the Westfield FFA Cup round of 16 with a comfortable 4-1 win over FNQ FC Heat.

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Rudan hoping for Cup derby with Sky Blues

Sydney United 58 coach Mark Rudan admits he is eyeing a potential blockbuster with Sydney FC after the former NSL giants easily accounted for FNQ Heat 4-1 in their Westfield FFA Cup round of 32 tie on Tuesday night.

A second half brace from former Wellington striker Mirjan Pavlovic put the seal on a dominant performance for the hosts in miserable conditions at Edensor Park.

“Its big, it’s a big result. We’re hoping to get another home game, hopefully against an A-League opposition,” Rudan said.

“We would like to get an A-League side from Sydney at home, it’s certainly good for the club that we’re still involved and we’ll give it a good crack.”

United dominated the match from the outset against the youthful Cairns-based outfit and Rudan admitted he was confident that his side’s quality would eventually tell.

“As far as we were concerned it was all about us, making sure the structure was right and I thought we got what we deserved,” he said.

“We’ve got a good side and they were up for the game. It was just a matter of moving them around and making sure they didn’t have the ball.”

“It was a good result and a good performance as well. I thought we started quite well, kept a lot of possession, the first goal was always going to be important particularly at home.

“We could have pushed on for a second one, we had some really good opportunities but the second half we just put it to bed.”