Brisbane Roar to face Stirling Lions in FFA Cup round of 32

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Brisbane Roar’s first game in the FFA Cup will see them travel across the country to take on West Australian NPL side Stirling Lions. The date is yet to be set- but the game will take place on one of the following dates: July 29/30, August 12/13 and August 19/20. So- what do we know about Sterling Lions?

The club was founded as Macedonian Soccer Club in 1958 as a means to bring the community together- much like the way most of the local clubs around the country were. They first made the top league in Perth in early 80’s and won their first State Championship in 1983, before winning the following two in 84 and 85. Success was to continue in the 90’s with two more championships in 1994 and 95, before the club changed its name to the Stirling Lions Soccer Club. All up the club has won 6 state titles (83, 84, 85, 87, 94 and 95) along with six cup victories (80, 92, 96, 2006, 07, 2010).

Stirling Lions compete in the newly formed Football West NPL and they’re currently fifth in the competition after 14 rounds, 9 points off the top of the table. Their top scorer is ex Glory midfielder David Micevski- with 6 goals in 10 games. The club is also the former junior club of now deceased West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides- who passed away earlier in the season after a long bout with cancer. The club still retains a partnership with the Hammers that has seen many young players head to England, including Dylan’s younger brother Tyler. Some of their players include former Perth Glory players such as goalkeeper Aleksandar Vrteski, Daniel Micevski and Hayden Doyle, along with striker Phillip Arnold who had a brief trial with Brisbane in the 2011 pre-season- having a brief cameo against Sunshine Coast and Peninsula Power. They also have defender Jovo Pavlovic who has had a brief stint overseas in Indonesia.

Stirling plays their home games at the relatively modest home of Macedonia Park, which from reports has a grandstand capacity of 1000 and an overall capacity approaching 5000.

Macedonia Park: Home of Stirling Lions. (Photos from Bayswater City FC Facebook)

Macedonia Park: Home of Stirling Lions. (Photos from Bayswater City FC Facebook)

The other Queensland teams in the final 32 are also by and large on the road- with Brisbane Strikers travelling to the Hunter to take on Broadmeadow Magic, while regional sides FNQ Heat and Palm Beach Sharks travel to Sydney to take on Sydney United 58 and Hakoah Sydney City respectively. The only Queensland team to draw a home tie is Olympic FC, who will welcome Melbourne Knights to Goodwin Park.

Full FFA Cup Round of 32 draw:

Newcastle Jets vs. Perth Glory
Melbourne City vs. Sydney FC
Wellington Phoenix vs. Adelaide United
Broadmeadow Magic vs. Brisbane Strikers
Sydney United 58 vs. FNQ Heat
Parramatta FC vs. St. Albans Saints
Olympic FC vs. Melbourne Knights
Manly United vs. Sydney Olympic
South Hobart vs. Tuggeranong United
Hakoah Sydney City vs. Palm Beach Sharks
South Springvale vs. South Cardiff
Blacktown City vs. Bentleigh Greens
South Coast Wolves vs. Central Coast Mariners
Bayswater City vs. Melbourne Victory
Adelaide City vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Stirling Lions vs. Brisbane Roar

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