Thriller as Pirates prevail in SA Cup cracker

South Australia kicked off their Westfield FFA Cup preliminary rounds on Saturday with an incredible 56 goals scored across 13 matches.

There was an eight-goal thriller as Port Pirates came-from-behind to beat Adelaide Blue Eagles 5-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Scott Parkinson.

Last season’s fairytale story Adelaide City, produced a second half masterclass to eliminate Western Strikers.

City, who disposed of Hyundai A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC last year in a major upset, were held to 0-0 at the break but scored four times in the second half to cruise into the next round.

Nicholas Bucco, Anthony Costa, Joel Allwright and an own goal saw them through comfortably, while last year’s SA NPL champions MetroStars also racked up the goals.

MetroStars, who have already qualified for the Westfield FFA Cup round of 32 after winning the Australian NPL last year, crushed Mt Gambier’s International 13-0 at Klemzig.

In other results, Modbury Jets survived a penalty shootout to get past Eastern United after scores were locked at 2-2 after extra-time.

Apollo, from Mt Gambier, pulled off an upset by dumping out Cumberland 1-0, Unley Old Scholars edged out Barmera United 2-1, while West Adelaide beat Campbelltown 3-2.

Croydon had a thumping 4-1 over The Cove, Adelaide Victory beat Adelaide Cobras 1-0, Sturt Lions were too good for Playford City 3-1 and South Adelaide beat Renmark Olympic 3-0.

The action doesn’t stop on Easter Monday as Tasmania and Western Australia will host matches, with 24 to be played in a jam-packed afternoon.

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