Westfield FFA Cup preview

Parramatta FC versus St Albans Saints


Venue: Melita Stadium, Sefton, Sydney

KO: 7.30pm AEST

Parramatta FC will be looking to revive the club's glory days by embarking on a memorable cup run when they host St Albans Saints SC.

Parramatta, two-time former NSL Cup winners, go into the game six points clear at the top of NPL NSW 2, unbeaten in 14 league matches, with their last defeat a 4-2 loss at home to Macarthur Rams in April.

Daniel Rezo is the Eagles' leading goal-scorer this season with nine in 19 appearances, while Frank Martey has notched seven in 19 and Shayne Ardle has chipped in with five in as many matches. Standing between them and a place in the last 16 are St Albans, fourth in NPL Victoria 1 and boasting an impressive unbeaten run of their own. The Saints have won three and drawn five of their last eight league outings, leaving them just three points behind second-placed North Geelong in a congested chasing pack.

Barry Devlin has been St Albans' chief threat this term, with seven strikes in 17 appearances, although the goal-scoring burden has been shared around at Churchill Reserve. Sean Mcilroy has hit the back of the net four times, while Adam Nakic, Brodie Paterson and Juso Julardzija all have three apiece. 

A cracking tie awaits in this Sydney v Melbourne match-up. 

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