FFA Cup Match Preview: Peninsula Power v Brisbane Roar

After a long, long wait, it's finally time. 

692 days after Adelaide United trumped Melbourne City in the 2019 Final, the FFA Cup is back on the national stage with a classic NPL versus A-League battle in the Sunshine State. 

On a momentous day for Australian football, not only will the match mark the Round of 32's return, it will also be the first Cup fixture broadcast following the commencement of Football Australia's landmark media rights agreement with 10 ViacomCBS.

Fans will flock to the Moreton Daily Stadium for a clash between two sides who share plenty of close connections: Peninsula Power and the Brisbane Roar. 

Power, based at AJ Kelly Park, currently lead the NPL Queensland competition with 18 matches played - having finished inside the top three both in 2019 and 2020. 


On Tuesday they'll travel just a few minutes up the road in Redcliffe, to take on a professional outfit who are familiar in many ways. 

Not only is Brisbane Roar's coach Warren Moon a former Power player and coach, but the two sides have met annually during the A-League club's pre-season for the last four years. 

Josh Brindell-South, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2020/21 - scoring two goals in 17 A-League appearances, is a Power product who played under their Head Coach Aaron Philp.

Philp, who once coached under Moon and remains close with the Brisbane boss, knows this Round of 32 assignment will be a "tough ask".

But he's confident his side has plenty to offer, with the best defence in the NPL Queensland, a hard-working midfield and attack that is spearheaded by prolific marksman Andy Pengelly - who has 22 goals to his name so far this season. 

Not to mention the fact that Pengelly, and a handful of his teammates, have been there and done it all before. 

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Power striker Andy Pengelly after scoring for Brisbane Striker in the 2019 FFA Cup semi-final against Melbourne City

The NPL Queensland club has reached the Round of 32 once in its history, hosting Melbourne City in 2017. 

They played their hearts out in front of a healthy home crowd, only suffering a 2-0 defeat thanks to goals in first-half and second-half stoppage time. 

This time around, Philp's team take on a Roar outfit determined to amount a Cup charge which would see them reach the Quarter Finals of the Cup for the first time in their history. 

It has been over two years since Roar fans have watched their side in FFA Cup action - when they were eliminated on penalties in the Round of 16 by the Central Coast Mariners back in August 2019. 

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So much has changed since then, but with a side packed with some outstanding young talent - alongside a sprinkling of stars from overseas - Moon will be confident he can kick-start a historic campaign with yet another victory over NPL Queensland opposition. 

However, as is the beauty of a one-off knockout tie, anything is possible. 

"It's been a good season so far, success is something our club culture is about," Power's head coach Philp enforces.

"Against the Roar we won't take a backwards step, we'll give it our best shot and whatever happens on Tuesday night, happens."  

With a strong turnout expected in Redcliffe, the underdog will give everything to ensure the FFA Cup returns from its lengthy hiatus with yet another magical night of football.