Last night saw the continuation of the FFA Cup. Here is the pick of the action.
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
An all A-League affair saw the Perth Glory defeat the Newcastle Jets 2-0 at Magic Park last night.
Glory’s new signing Andy Keogh scored in each half to guide Perth to victory. The Irish international opened his account for the club in the 20th minute, directing the ball home after it deflected off the crossbar. The 28-year-old got his brace late on, scoring unmarked in the box after receiving a pass from Glory loanee Mitch Nichols, formerly of the Melbourne Victory and the Brisbane Roar.
The Jets threatened in front of the Glory goal but failed to conjure up anything concrete, new signing Jeronimo Neumann previously of Adelaide United was wasteful as the Argentinian squandered chances wide and struck the crossbar in the first half.
The result makes Perth Glory the first A-League team to progress to the next stage of the inaugural FFA Cup.
Parramatta FC v St Albans Saints
St Albans recorded a 1-0 win over Sydney-side Parramatta FC at Melita Stadium last night.
Parramatta FC looked dominant at the beginning of the match, most notably through the lively Daniel Rezo; he had a free-kick and a volley that required the attention of St Albans’ goalkeeper Stuart Webster. However it was the Victorian second division side that struck the only goal of the match; Barry Devlin blasted home a volley from outside the penalty area in the 35th minute.
Parramatta had multiple chances to equalise in the the second half, but were unable to fathom the leveller, Shayne Ardle and Brodie Paterson were among the Parramatta barrage to be denied by the woodwork and the heroics of Webster giving St Albans a spot in the round of 16.
South Hobart v Tuggeranong United
Harry Petit scored the winning spot-kick for Tuggeranong United who beat South Hobart 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out at KGV Park on Tuesday night.
The sides went blow-for-blow until United’s custodian Rohan Shepherd saved Caleb Ludhow’s penalty effort, leaving Tuggeranong’s defender Petit to score the winner and set up a potential home-game against an A-League side at Viking Park in the round of 16.
South Hobart opened the scoring in the seventieth minute from Sean Kiddey own-goal in the 17th minute; this rallied United and their persistence was awarded in the form of an equaliser fifteen minutes later. Zach Munster headed home a long throw-in from Kiddey forcing the game into extra-time where United almost scored only to be denied by inches of paint on the goal-line.
Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix
Adelaide United beat Wellington Phoenix 1-0 at Marden Sports Complex on Tuesday night when Spaniard Sergio Cirio scored the goal.
Adelaide’s midfielder Cirio was impressive in the all A-League match-up, proving a constant threat on Glen Moss’ goal, some clever foreplay from Awer Mabil set-up Cirio’s goal in the 21st minute. Wellington dominated proceedings early in the second-half and came close to scoring in the closing of the game, a goal-mouth scramble forced Adelaide keeper Paul Izzo into back-to-back close range saves.
The win for United means they will progress to the round of 16 alongside Perth Glory, St Albans and Tuggeranong United. However it spells the end of the FFA Cup for Wellington Phoenix joined by the Newcastle Jets, Parramatta FC and South Hobart. – Jake O’Brien
Top photo of Parramatta FC vs St Albans used with permission from Scott McIntyre’s Twitter page.