Did you know some of the leading NPL goalscorers are set to light up Westfield FFA Cup’s opening night on July 27?
So, who are these goal machines set to give their clubs a cutting edge in the Cup?
Chris Payne, Sydney United58
For Hyundai A-League fans, it’s a familiar name. Payne was on the books at Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets.
The former Lucas Neill Scholarship holder has had a rollercoaster career but now under Mark Rudan’s guidance at ladder-leading United, we’re really seeing his talents emerge.
With 14 goals so far this season, 25-year-old Payne is currently the top goal-scorer in the PS4 NPL NSW and clearly young enough to make it again in the A-League.
United face local rivals Blacktown City away on the opening night of the FFA Cup.
Keigo Moriyasu, Edgeworth Eagles FC
A viral sensation after his wickedly swerving set-piece was a hit on YouTube recently, the Japanese attacker is leading Northern NSW’s PS4 NPL goal charts with 14 goals.
There is a whole lot of talk about the pocket-rocket being able to step up to the A-League - even though he is a visa player.
And playing alongside veteran striker Daniel McBreen can only help the 22-year-old son of former Japan great Hajime Moriyasu).
Edgeworth FC head to Cairns to face FNQ Heat on the opening night of the FFA Cup… who have their own goal machine.
Jamie Carroll, Far North Queensland Heat
Carroll has been tearing it up for some time up North.
And with 13 goals to date this season, the new Heat club captain is also on top of the goal-scorers’ ladder in the PS4 NPL QLD with his pace from wide positions.
The Mareeba junior, now 26 (who had a stint with English outfit Ramsgate FC in recent years) could also be a handy pick up for any A-League club.
Heat’s clash with Edgeworth on the opening night of the FFA Cup could be Carroll’s showcase.
Rhys Meredith, Brisbane Strikers
Hot on the heels of Heat striker Carroll is Rhys Meredith with 12 goals in the PS4 NPL QLD.
Meredith, 28, from the Gold Coast, had a stint with South Melbourne but is ripping it up with the Brisbane club as they chase Heat in the league.
Strikers make the long journey to Darwin to face Rovers on the opening night of the FFA Cup.