Heidelberg hero happy with FFA Cup draw

Heidelberg United star Dan Heffernan says his club’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 clash with Sydney United is “winnable” and can help bring new fans to the ambitious Melbourne club.

In the FFA Cup Round of 16 draw at Fox Sports on Wednesday, Heidelberg drew Sydney United at home in Melbourne. 

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The tie pits two former NSL clubs with big histories together in what should be a high-quality encounter if their respective Round of 32 clashes are any  gauge.

“It’s a good draw, obviously a home advantage,” Heffernan told www.theffacup.com.au

“It’ll be a tough game but it’s definitely a winnable one for us. I’m sure they’ll be thinking the same.

Jack Petrie of Heidelberg celebrates with team mates after scoring against Broadmeadow Magic.

“I’m sure those behind the scenes at Heidelberg wanted an A-League club but from what I can gather, Sydney United have quite a big history.

“There’ll be a fairly large crowd. With the magic of the Cup it won’t just be our fans that’ll show up but it’ll be fans  of the game.

“It’ll bring neutrals to the game so I’m expecting a large crowd.”

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The central striker was on target in United’s impressive 3-1 win over Broadmeadow Magic in the FFA Cup Round of 32 at Magic Park in NNSW.  

And as a trialist at Hyundai A-League club Central Coast, he hit a sensational hat-trick in a friendly against Western Sydney Sydney Wanderers in Coffs Harbour last Friday.  

Dan Heffernan, Heidelberg United.

Heffernan, 28, from Manchester in England, was named in the FFA Cup All Stars for the Round of 32 and is confident of hitting the back of the net again in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16. 

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“I’m always confident going into games in terms of scoring,” the striker said.

“As long as I get the service, I’m confident of putting it away. If I’m available to play it’ll be another game I’ll be going in looking to add my tally. 

"But as long as the team wins, that’s the more important goal.”