The Westfield FFA Cup 2015 goes up another gear over the next fortnight as the big clubs in NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and WA kick off their Cup campaigns - and it all starts with tonight's blockbuster in Sydney's west.
It all began last night as Football NSW Round 4 fixtures commenced with four matches while there were also a handful of games decided in Queensland. But it is tonight when the attention will turn to NSW as all of the PlayStation 4 NPL Men’s 1 clubs enter the fray.
Headlining tonight’s match-ups is undoubtedly the clash between two PlayStation 4 NPL NSW heavyweights, Sydney United 58 FC and APIA Leichhardt.
Sydney United 58 FC reached the Round of 16 in last year’s Westfield FFA Cup when they went down to Sydney FC, while APIA Leichhardt currently sit on top of the league table with maximum points after three rounds this season.
With no tomorrow for the loser, it promises to be a midweek humdinger at Sydney United Sports Centre.
There will also be a Football NSW Round 4 fixture on Easter Monday in Wagga as Western Condors make the trek to face Wagga City Wanderers.
Football Federation South Australia begins its Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds on Saturday with all 13 Round 3 matches to be played on the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The Preliminary Rounds in SA will feature two clubs from Mount Gambier in the State’s south east as well as two teams from the river land.
The all PlayStation 4 NPL SA encounters include a blockbuster between Campbelltown City and West Adelaide, while Port Adelaide Pirates face the tough assignment of trying to overcome league leaders Adelaide Blue Eagles.
Last year’s South Australian Final Round entrant Adelaide City, who reached the Quarter Finals in 2014, open their 2015 Cup campaign at home against Western Strikers.
Easter Monday is set to see a feast of Cup action in Tasmania and Western Australia. All up there will be 24 encounters with 16 in the west and eight in the Apple Isle as all of the PS4 National Premier Leagues clubs from both states come into the competition.
South Hobart, who was Tasmania’s representative in the Round of 32 last year, have been drawn up against Devonport in what looms as one of many hotly contested matches to decide who will move into Round 5.
In Western Australia, Floreat Athena against Perth SC and Stirling Lions against ECU Joondalup are the two all PS4 NPL WA match ups, while there are seven encounters that is guaranteed to see clubs not in the top league progress.
Big match days then follow in Victoria with a host of matches scheduled across 14-15 April. Hume City and Geelong SC open Round 5 proceedings tomorrow (Thursday) night at ABD Stadium Broadmeadows Valley Park before a string of matches which includes two all PS4 NPL Victoria encounters – Pascoe Vale at home to North Geelong Warriors and Avondale travelling to take on Port Melbourne.
At the completion of Round 5, 28 clubs will be reduced to 14.
Matches continue to be decided across the Sunshine State. Last night Centenary Stormers’ impressive Cup run gathered further momentum following a 3-0 win over Brighton Bulldogs while Taringa Rovers easily accounted for Virginia United and Lions FC eliminated Rochedale Rovers.
A host of Brisbane fixtures will be played over the next two nights as well as a couple of games in North Queensland.
The road to the Round of 32 for Northern NSW Football’s two entrants continues to unfold with Wednesday 15 April the date for a massive double header at Lisle Carr Oval in Whitebridge as South Cardiff comes up against Edgeworth FC and Charlestown City Blues take on Adamstown Rosebud.
The next Northern Territory matches will take place from 28 April when Casuarina FC take on Mindil Aces before Borroloola Cyclones make the 12 hour trip to Darwin to chase their Cup dream against Hellenic AC on April 29.Northern Territory Round 4 fixtures