FFA Cup date set for Sorrento clash with decorated South Melbourne

Sean Canham in control against Canberra Olympic in the FFA Cup. Picture: Getty Images
Sean Canham in control against Canberra Olympic in the FFA Cup. Picture: Getty Images

SORRENTO will face one of Australia’s most decorated semi-professional clubs in the FFA Cup round of 16 later this month.

The Gulls, who are WA’s first association side to make the final 16, challenge South Melbourne FC in Victoria on August 23.

South was named Oceania Club of the Century at the World Football Gala in 2010.

The clash comes after Sorrento defeated Canberra Olympic 1-0 at Percy Doyle Reserve last month.

Coach Jamie Harnwell was ecstatic to have kept the club’s FFA Cup dream alive. “It’s huge for the club,” he said.

“There are committee members in tears, who have put such a lot of work into getting us to occasions like this, and they deserve it as much as the players.”

Meanwhile, Sorrento needs a victory against Stirling in NPL WA action on Saturday to confirm its spot in the Top Four Cup with two rounds to go.

The Gulls are four points clear of fifth-placed Floreat Athena after beating the side 2-0 at Percy Doyle Reserve last weekend.

Sorrento is not out of the race for the league title, being four points shy of league leaders Inglewood United.

Fellow local sides ECU Joondalup (sixth) and Joondalup United (ninth) are not in contention.

The Jacks defeated Mandurah 2-0 away on Saturday, while United did well to keep third-placed Perth to a 0-0 draw.

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