FFA Cup: WA Preliminary Round pits NPL sides against amateurs in quest to make round of 32 and potential showdown with A-League giants

The FFA Cup. Picture: FFA/Facebook
The FFA Cup. Picture: FFA/Facebook

EIGHT National Premier Leagues WA (NPL WA) clubs will be aiming to take a step closer to the coveted FFA Cup Round of 32 tomorrow when they take part in the latest WA Preliminary round.

Third-tier Curtin University will need to produce a giant-killing act if they are to progress having been drawn away to NPL WA club Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park (5.30pm).

Stirling has risen to second place in NPL WA competition, while Curtin is fifth in WA’s third-tier league.

State League Division One side Gosnells City, who are unbeaten in five league matches this season, will have glory on their minds as they take on NPL WA side Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park (2.30pm).

In the other all-NPLWA cup matches, Floreat Athena takes on Armadale at E&D Litis Stadium (2.30pm) and Balcatta hosts Inglewood United at Grindleford Reserve (2.30pm).

The four winners will progress to the next round where they will playoff for a place in the Round of 32.

Two Football West teams and Perth Glory will represent WA in the Round of 32.

Football Federation Australia has announced changes to the Round of 32 draw that allows for the possibility of any of the 10 A-League clubs taking on local opposition.

Football West acting head of competitions Chris Beech said the excitement around the FFA Cup was building as clubs moved closer to the critical stage.

“The magic of the cup has been alive and well since the FFA Cup was launched and it just gets more and more interesting and exciting as we get closer to the Round of 32,” Beech said.

“Great cup upsets become part of football folklore and there is so much incentive now for clubs to create history.”

Since the FFA Cup competition was launched, WA clubs have been drawn against A-League opposition in three out of four matches.

In 2014, Stirling Lions were beaten by Brisbane Roar and Bayswater City lost to Melbourne Victory, while last year Sorrento went down to Sydney FC.

WA’s only other Round of 32 representative, Perth SC, lost to New South Wales NPL team Rockdale City Suns.

FFA Cup, WA Preliminary Round

Saturday, May 14

Cockburn City v Gosnells City (Dalmatinac Park, 2.30pm)

Floreat Athena v Armadale (E&D Litis Stadium, 2.30pm)

Balcatta v Inglewood United (Grindleford Reserve, 2.30pm)

Stirling Lions v Curtin University (Macedonia Park, 5.30pm)