With the Westfield FFA Cup quarter finals getting underway on Wednesday night with two cracking match-ups, we look at the four sides set for MD 1 and see how they went in their most recent hitouts.
SKY BLUES GROUNDED BY JETS
Sydney FC suffered their first defeat of the Hyundai A-League pre-season, going down 2-1 to Newcastle Jets at Magic Park on Saturday afternoon.
Ex-Sky Blue Dimi Petratos put the Jets ahead in the 12th minute, before Sydney equalised via young striker Charles Lokolingoy – one of ten changes made by Graham Arnold at the break.
But another youngster – teenage substitute Mario Shabow – scored the winner with 20 minutes left to give the Jets a confidence-boosting 2-1 victory.
CITY EDGED OUT BY REDS
Warren Joyce’s side had the weekend off but were beaten in their most recent clash last Tuesday.
Despite take an early lead through Stefan Mauk’s opener, City were run down by Adelaide United, losing 2-1 via goals from George Blackwood and Jordan O’Doherty.
GF HEARTBREAK FOR HEIDELBERG
An extra-time goal from Bentleigh Greens substitute Lampros Honos has seen Heidelberg United beaten 2-1 in the PS4 NPL1 Victorian Grand Final on Sunday.
Greens winger Trent Clulow opened the scoring just before the hour mark, before Heidelberg’s Kenny Athiu equalised from the spot.
But Bentleigh found the crucial winner in extra-time to take the title at Lakeside Stadium.
The defeat means the ‘Bergers missed out on the domestic treble, having won the Premiership and Dockerty Cup earlier in the season.
REDS TOO GOOD FOR CITY
Adelaide United warmed up for their Cup quarter final with a come-from-behind win over Melbourne City behind closed doors last week.
George Blackwood’s penalty and a last-gasp free-kick from Jordan O’Doherty allowed Marco Kurz’s men to come away with an impressive win in Melbourne.