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Westfield FFA Cup
(Tue 23 Sep 2014, 07.30PM LOCAL)
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Venue: Sydney United Sports Centre
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Sydney United 58 v Sydney FC

Venue: Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park

KO: 7.30pm AEST

#SUvSYD

TV broadcast:  LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 3 and 3HD

Referee:  Kris Griffiths-Jones

This is what the Westfield FFA Cup is all about.

The NSW NPL club trying to bring down one the Hyundai A-League’s powerhouses and local rivals in Sydney’s west in arguably the tie of the round of 16.

United boss Mark Rudan, a championship winner with Sydney FC, aiming to take down the Sky Blues, whose coach Graham Arnold and assistant Zeljko Kalac both kick-started their careers at Edensor Park.

It’s not just the great sub-plots which make this an intriguing match-up.

United, NPL champions last year, will relish taking on Sydney’s professionals and warmed up for the match with a well-deserved 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix.

They have Hyundai A-League experience in former Phoenix man Mirjan Pavlovic, who scored a brace in the last round, as well as ex-Sky Blues Nathan Sherlock and Alec Urosevski.

Sydney have been one of the best-performed sides in pre-season, losing just once and – like United – played Phoenix in their last hit-out drawing 0-0.

That’s three straight clean sheets for the Sky Blues who are getting their defence right but with Corey Gameiro, Alex Brosque, Bernie Ibini and Mark Janko have loads of firepower too.

It should be a drama and action-packed 90 minutes – and possibly more – on what should be a cracking night of football in this fascinating Sydney derby.

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Naumoff 23, 60, Abbas 91

Two stunning strikes from teenager Christopher Naumoff has ensured Sydney FC avoided a potential Cup shock with a thrilling 3-1 win over Sydney United 58.

In a cracking Cup tie played in front of more than 8000 fans at the Sydney United Sports Centre, Naumoff stole the show with two incredible goals to send the Sky Blues into the last eight.

The first came midway through the first half as he played a neat one-two with Bernie Ibini before unleashing a rocket from 30 yards out which gave United ‘keeper Anthony Costa no chance.

United almost responded immediately with Ante Tomic crashing a header against the post but the home side got their reward for a competitive first half with an equalizer just before the break.

An embarrassing mis-kick from Sydney FC skipper Nikola Petkovic eventually landed into the path of Stjepan Paric who smashed it in from close range to send the home fans into raptures.

But it would be Sydney FC’s – and in particular Naumoff’s night – when he settled the contest on the hour mark with another howitzer.

Picked out by a lofted Terry Antonis pass, the 19-year-old controlled with one touch then from an acute angle tried an audacious volley which dipped over Costa into the far corner of the net.

With United pushing hard for an equalizer late on, Ali Abbas added a third in stoppage time to put the icing on the cake for Graham Arnold’s side.