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Dissecting the 2015 FFA Cup draw

FFACup_GenericThe more things change, the more they stay the same – that seemed to be the mantra of the day as the 2015 FFA Cup draw was announced live on FOX Sports today.

With newcomers such as Northern Territory champions Darwin Olympic and Capital Football club Gungahlin United, combined with returning NPL clubs such as Palm Beach and Sydney United, there was expected to be a few surprises as the numbers were drawn by Michael Beauchamp and John Anastasiadis.

All in all in the round of 32 there will be:

  • 3 all A-League matches, comprising the six teams who missed the A-League Semi Finals in 2014/15 (Brisbane Roar, Perth Glory, Central Coast Mariners, Newcastle Jets, and Western Sydney Wanderers).
  • 4 state federation vs A-League matches, with the state teams hosting last season’s A-League Semi Finallists (Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, Adelaide United, and Melbourne City).
  • 9 state federation vs state federation matches.

Ultimate A-League, however, is here to break down all the latest in your A-League team’s pursuit of the cup:

Balmain Tigers v Melbourne Victory

The Breakdown: Much like Hakoah Sydney City East last year, the Balmain Tigers qualify from the third tier of Australian football and host a true powerhouse in the form of Melbourne Victory, who did the double last season in the A-League. What we could see, though, is a return of top flight football to Wentworth Park.

How they got there: Balmain qualified with a win over Western NSW Mariners, whilst Melbourne qualified for Pot A by virtue of being an A-League semi-finallist in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Balmain Tigers – DNP; Melbourne Victory – Quarter Finals.

Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers

The Breakdown: Both sides had FFA Cup’s to forget last year, with Western Sydney, in particular, having a disappointing outing in the round of 32, when they were knocked out by South Australian representatives Adelaide City. Western Sydney will be a completely different outfit to last year, however, whilst former Melbourne City coach John Aloisi will help Brisbane, which will make it an interesting contest to bet on.

How they got there: Both sides were in Pot B, reserved for A-League clubs who missed the semi-finals in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Brisbane Roar – Round of 16; Western Sydney Wanderers – Round of 32.

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix

The Breakdown: Whilst the Mariners made it to the semi-finals of last year’s competition, they were handed arguably the easiest of draws against NPL competition, whilst Wellington were knocked out early by Adelaide United. This year, both sides will look to gain the ascendency early on amidst a strong Round of 32.

How they got there: Both sides were in Pot B, reserved for A-League clubs who missed the semi-finals in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Central Coast Mariners – Semi Finals; Wellington Phoenix – Round of 32.

Darwin Olympic v Adelaide United

The Breakdown: Darwin Olympic could not have asked for a more difficult draw in their inaugural FFA Cup appearance, drawing the former FFA Cup champions at home. Finally, FOX Sports pundit Brenton Speed might actually have a legitimate use for the term ‘Desert Derby’, with the sides split solely by miles upon miles of red dirt.

How they got there: Adelaide qualifies for Pot A by virtue of being an A-League semi-finallist in 2014/15, whilst Darwin Olympic won 5-0 over Alice Springs-based Celtic FC in their final.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Darwin Olympic – DNP; Adelaide United – Winners.

Edgeworth FC v Melbourne City

The Breakdown: Northern NSW will host A-League opposition again this year, with Melbourne City looking to atone for their poor performance in last year’s competition. Edgeworth will be making their first appearance in the Cup, however, and could prove to be a challenge for the Melburnians.

How they got there: Edgeworth qualified after defeating Adamstown Rosebud, whilst Melbourne City qualified for Pot A by virtue of being an A-League semi-finallist in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Edgeworth – DNP; Melbourne City – Round of 32.

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory

The Breakdown: In the first re-draw in the competition’s short history, Newcastle will again host Perth Glory at home. The Glory went on to make the final in a controversy-strewn year in 2014, but just like the Jets, they will sport a brand new side. Anything could happen in this fixture once again.

How they got there: Both sides were in Pot B, reserved for A-League clubs who missed the semi-finals in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Newcastle United Jets – Round of 32; Perth Glory – Runners Up.

Sorrento FC v Sydney FC

The Breakdown: In a battle of the Sky Blues, Sorrento make their first appearance in the national competition and host a Sydney side bolstered with two Western Australian products in the form of Brandon O’Neill and Riley Woodcock. Sorrento have been one of the football factories of WA in the past, with players such as Jamie Harnwell himself wearing the Sky Blue jersey.

How they got there: Sorrento defeated Bayswater City SC to qualify for the Cup, whilst Sydney FC qualified for Pot A by virtue of being an A-League semi-finallist in 2014/15.

2014 FFA Cup Performance: Sorrento – DNP; Sydney FC – Quarter Finals.

 

About the author

avatarKris is a freelance sports journalist, a two-time WA media guild award winner, and podcast host and writer for Ultimate A-League.

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