Preview: Blacktown City v Bonnyrigg White Eagles
Blacktown City v Bonnyrigg White Eagles
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Lily’s football Centre, Seven Hills (NSW)
Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referee 1: James Tesoriero
Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Giev
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
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Blacktown City squad: 1.Nenad Vekic (gk), 3.Giorgio Speranza, 4.Roberto Speranza, 5.Isaac Dandan, 6.Matthew Lewis, 7.Travis Major, 8.Sasa Macura, 9.Joseph Gibbs, 10.Connor Evans, 11.Danny Seung-Joo Choi, 12.Jonothan Grozdanovski, 14.Mitchell Mallia, 15.Shayne D’Cunha, 16.Patrick Antelmi, 17.Lewis Beumie, 18.Jake Mamone, 19.Zachary Cairncross, 20.Dylan Niski (gk), 21.Riku Sasaki, 22.Dakota Askew, 40.Tristan Prendergast (gk)
Bonnyrigg White Eagles squad: 1.James Chronopoulos (gk), 2.Alexander Mansueto, 3.David Vrankovic, 4.Michael Robinson, 5.Adam Jenner, 6.Nikola Zonjic, 7.Gregory Kondek, 8.Hayden Tucker, 9.Robert Younis, 10.Yuta Kokado, 13.James McKenzie, 14.Taylor McDonald, 15.Raymond Miller, 16.Samuel Gallaway, 17.Mun-Soo Gil, 18.Asmir Kadric, 19.Aaron Peterson, 20.Stevan Savicic (gk), 21.Bo Hyun Chun, 23.Damian Cupac, 27.Andre Guzman, 31.Martin Lo, 33.Andrija Mandic, 39.Max Rowston (gk)
It’s another western Sydney derby between two PS4 NPL NSW clubs determined to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Westfield FFA Cup.
Clashes between these two are rarely uneventful which should ensure Lily’s Football Stadium is pumping on Wednesday night.
It rained goals for both of these sides in their round of 32 wins so another goals rush isn’t out of the question.
Blacktown arguably produced the most impressive performance of the Round of 32, coming from two goals down to beat PS4 NPL NSW champions Sydney United 58 6-2.
Who will ever forget Danny Choi’s 70-metre wonder goal which became an instant viral sensation. Choi will again be a danger man for City but Mark Crittenden’s side really do have threats all over the park.
Patrick Antelmi scored a hat-trick in the win over United while former A-League attackers Mitch Mallia and Joey Gibbs also spearhead Blacktown’s attack.
Blacktown warmed up for their meeting with Bonnyrigg by crushing Manly United 4-1 on Sunday thanks to goals from Choi, Antelmi, Gibbs and Travis Major. They are in ominous form.
But Bonnyrigg won’t be pushovers. Despite patchy form for much of the season in the NPL, the White Eagles have excelled in the Cup, as evidenced in their 3-0 demolition of Manly United in the last 32.
And they are hitting form at just the right time, making the PS4 NSW NPL finals with a late surge before seeing off Rockdale City Suns 4-2 in an Elimination Final on Saturday night.
They are in form and confident.
Like Blacktown, Bonnyrigg aren’t short of lethal marksmen. Former Adelaide United striker Robert Younis has 11 goals in the NPL (fourth highest) and scored against Manly last round, while Aaron Peterson and youngster Asmir Kadric can’t be forgotten either.
No PS4 NPL NSW club has ever made the quarters of the FFA Cup so one of these clubs will make history on Wednesday night.
But who will it be?