Can Sydney Olympic do an APIA Leichhardt in the FFA Cup?

The FFA Cup has thrown up some incredible giant-killings over the years and 2019 is sure to be no different as we get closer to the Round of 32.

Preliminary Round matches are coming thick and fast right around the country, including NSW where there are some vital Round 5 fixtures taking place on Wednesday night (May 1).

Among those in action are NPL NSW heavyweights Sydney Olympic, who take on Stanmore Hawks at Peter Moore Field (kick-off 7:30pm AEST).

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Olympic are reigning champions in NSW and will hope to transform their local success onto the national stage by making a mark on the 2019 FFA Cup.

Abbas Saad’s side can certainly take inspiration from fellow NSW NPL outfit APIA Leichhardt, who were the big story of last year’s competition.

The Tigers went deep in the 2018 competition, famously stunning reigning Hyundai A-League champions Melbourne Victory 3-2 in August’s Round of 16 affair.

APIA Leichhardt
APIA's giant-killing of Melbourne Victory in August 2018 is one of the competition's all-time upsets

The Tigers were ultimately dumped out by eventual winners Adelaide United in the quarter-final.

But the result has undoubtedly given plenty of clubs hope they can take on Hyundai A-League opposition and prevail to create their own headlines.

Other Round 5 games in NSW on Wednesday night see Hakoah Sydney City East take on the Western NSW Mariners, Coledale Waves play the Wollongong Wolves, Sydney University will challenge Manly Warringah Football Association giant-killers Dee Why and Hazelbrook Hawks take on Killarney District SC.

There are still two outstanding round 4 FFA Cup fixtures and they both take place at Pluim Park with Terrigal United facing Blacktown City and Berkeley Vale taking on APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

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