2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 Match Review

Brisbane Roar (0)
Perth Glory (2) Djulbic 13’, 20’
3,028 at Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane’s 2016 FFA Cup campaign has ended at the first hurdle last night with a 2-0 loss against Perth Glory ending their cup hopes. A first half double from Perth central defender –both at set pieces- from Dino Djulbic was enough to send the two time cup finalists through to the last 16.

Early Set-Piece problems
As mentioned both of Djulbic’s goals came from set pieces with the first coming from a free header in the 13th minute from a cross just outside the 18 yard from Nebosa Marinkovic. The second, just seven minutes later came as a result of a goalmouth scramble after a corner wasn’t cleared by the Roar defenders. Set piece defending was a problem for John Aloisi’ side for the majority of the evening and an area which will need to be improved upon before the new season begins in October.

Attacking intent
While there was limited final end product on the night, the intent to get the traditional elements of the Brisbane style of play remained within the teams performance. While Brisbane had more possession of the ball -54% to 46%- that failed to translate into clear cut chances with just the 8 shots on goal, none of which were on target.

Part, if not all of this can be explained away by the fact Brisbane were playing just their second game of the pre-season and were lacking a bit of sharpness, meanwhile Perth have spent time recently in the Philippines for a three game tour. Despite that, the Roar will need to do a lot better when the season rolls around in October.

Oar impresses
While Brisbane didn’t create any chances of note throughout the night, it was Tommy Oar who looked the most likely Brisbane player to do so. While he was effective out on the left in the first half, I thought he was better once moved into the central creative role when Broich came on for Petratos. Broich also offered a spark off the bench but was clearly lacking in match sharpness.

Stats & Facts
Last night Jacob Pepper and Nathan Konstandopoulos made their club debuts for Brisbane Roar, becoming the 116th & 117th players to play in a professional game for the Roar. Last night was also a milestone for Jack Hingert, who played his 100th game for Brisbane. The breakdown on that is as 89 games in A-League, 8 Asian Champions League games and 3 FFA Cup matches.

Line-ups
Brisbane XI: Theo, Hingert, Bowles, North, Brown, Pepper, Petratos, McKay, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutions: Konstandopoulos for Pepper (54’), Broich for Petratos (60’).
Unused Substitutes: Young, Rowles, Champness.

Perth XI: Reddy, Risdon, Grant, Djulbic, Warren, R. Williams, Griffiths, Marinkovic, Harold, Knowles, Keogh.
Substitutions: Reiners for Knowles (61’), Wilson for R. Williams (68’), Garcia for Harold (89’).
Unused Substitutes: Feely, A. Williams.

Stats
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Up next
For Brisbane the next game will be a closed doors practice game against Sydney FC on the Gold Coast next Saturday –August 20th-. The next competitive game, or match that the public will be able to attend at this stage is the Round 1 game against Melbourne Victory on October 7th. It’s likely there will be additional games between now and Round 1, details on those will be available here if and when they are announced.


Brisbane to host Glory in last 32 of FFA Cup

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Brisbane Roar have been drawn against fellow A-League side Perth Glory in the FFA Cup Round of 32. The fixture, for which the details will be announced in the coming days will be Brisbane’s first home tie in the competition and the second straight year the Roar have drawn an A-League opponent in the last 32.

The dates and venue for the game will be confirmed in the coming days, with Suncorp Stadium, QSAC, Robina Stadium and Perry Park all likely considerations.

Elsewhere in the State there are home games for Redlands United and Far North Queensland Heat, while Brisbane Strikers and Surfers Paradise Apollo will being their campaigns on the road.

The tie of the round from the Queensland perspective has to be the debut of NPL Queensland ladder leading Redlands United, who will host 2015-16 A-League double winners Adelaide United, most likely at Perry Park.

FNQ will also get a first home game at the third time of asking, drawing a home tie against NPL Northern NSW side Edgeworth Eagles, following trips to Melbourne and Sydney in previous years.

Brisbane Strikers however weren’t so lucky, drawn away from home for the third consecutive year in the Round of 32, this time facing a trip to the Northern Territory to take on Shamrock Rovers Darwin.

Surfers Paradise Apollo, Queensland’s surprise qualifier for the last 32 have been given a tough debut on the national stage, facing a trip to the nations capital to take on Canberra Olympic.

Here’s the full 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 draw
Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory
Newcastle Jets vs. Melbourne Victory
Wellington Phoenix vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Melbourne Knights vs. Cockburn City
FNQ Heat vs. Edgeworth Eagles
Shamrock Rovers Darwin vs. Brisbane Strikers
MetroStars vs. Bentleigh Greens
Canberra Olympic vs. Surfers Paradise Apollo
Devonport Strikers vs. Lambton Jaffas
Bonnyrigg White Eagles vs. Manly United
Hume City vs. Marconi Stallions
Blacktown City vs. Sydney United
Wollongong Wolves vs. Sydney FC
Redlands United vs. Adelaide United
Green Gully vs. Central Coast Mariners
Floreat Athena vs. Melbourne City

Times, dates, venues & broadcast details to be confirmed later in the week. The Round of 32 is scheduled to have four match days, featuring four games each, starting July 26 and concluding August 10th.


FFA Cup Draw Preview

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Tomorrow afternoon the draw for the 2016 FFA Cup Round of 32 takes place in Sydney, with teams all across the country eagerly anticipating who they may draw. For the member federation clubs, it’s especially exciting to consider the possibility of hosting one of the ten A-League clubs at their ground.

For Brisbane Roar, the FFA Cup Round of 32 marks the start of the new campaign, with this game set to be the first competitive hit out of the 2016-17 season. In the two previous seasons, Brisbane have drawn away ties in the Round of 32, with a trip to Perth to take on Stirling Lions in 2014, before an all A-League tie against Western Sydney last year.

Throw in Brisbane’s round of 16 clash with Adelaide, and the Roar have played all three of their games in this competition on the road, yielding a return of one win and two defeats.

Brisbane however wont be the only side from Queensland represented in the draw, with perennial qualifiers Brisbane Strikers and Far North Queensland Heat once again navigating their way through the rounds to reach the national stage for the third consecutive year.

This time around they will be joined by a pair of newcomers, with Redlands United taking the second Brisbane Zone berth, while Surfers Paradise Apollo caused the shock of the qualifying rounds by beating Gold Coast City, South West Queensland Thunder and Sunshine Coast FC to reach the national round of 32.

For the five Queensland sides, and the remaining 27 from Australia –and New Zealand- all eyes now turn to the draw, however changes to the draw procedure throw things up in the air more than in previous seasons.

With the Roar finishing third in the A-League last season, in years gone by that would have guaranteed another game on the road against a member federation club, however with the FFA changing that rule it’s now possible they could draw an A-League opponent for the second straight year.

This year, the ten A-League clubs will be throw into one pot, with three all A-League ties, while four clubs will be drawn to play against member federation clubs. The other 18 member federation clubs not drawn to play an A-League side will be drawn in one of nine all member federation ties.

In the draw, each club has been issued a specific number which represents them, for Brisbane Roar that is number 2. Below is the full 2016 Round of 32 entry list, and accompanying draw number.

A-League
1) Adelaide United, 2) Brisbane Roar, 3) Central Coast Mariners, 4) Melbourne City, 5) Melbourne Victory, 6) Newcastle Jets, 7) Perth Glory, 8) Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix, 10) Western Sydney Wanderers.

Member Federation
11) Bentleigh Greens (VIC), 12) Blacktown City (NSW), 13) Bonnyrigg White Eagles (NSW), 14) Brisbane Strikers (QLD), 15) Canberra Olympic (ACT), 16) Cockburn City (WA), 17) Devonport Strikers (TAS), 18) Edgeworth Eagles (NSW), 19) FNQ Heat (QLD), 20) Floreat Athena (WA), 21) Green Gully (VIC), 22) Hume City (VIC), 23)Lambton Jaffas (NSW), 24) Manly United (NSW), 25) Marconi Stallions (NSW), 26) Melbourne Knights (VIC), 27 MetroStars (SA), Redlands United (QLD), 29 Rovers Darwin FC (NT), 30) Surfers Paradise Apollo (QLD), 31) Sydney United (NSW), 32) Wollongong Wolves (NSW).

The order of the draw will be as follows
– 3 all A-League ties (6 teams)
– 9 all Member Federation ties (18 teams)
– 4 A-League v Member Federation ties (8 teams)

The draw will be broadcast live on Fox Sports News and live streamed on the FFA Cup website. Here’s hoping for a couple of home ties here in Brisbane for the Queensland teams, and hopefully a first ever home tie for the Roar should they draw an A-League side.


FFA Cup Round of 32 Preview- Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Brisbane Roar

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It’s been almost a month since Brisbane played their high profile friendly against Liverpool, and while they lost that game there was a lot to like about the way the roar played on the night. It’s now time however to put on a similar performance in the first competitive game of the season in the FFA Cup clash against the Wanderers.

So far Queensland sides have done well in the Cup, with Lions and Palm Beach advancing to the last 16 with wins over Croydon Kings and South Melbourne respectively, while the Strikers lost in extra time on the road in Victoria against Hume City. Queensland’s other representative in the last 16 from the local league’s, FNQ Heat of Cairns travel to Melbourne to face Oakleigh Cannons tonight, so best of luck to them.

Focusing on the Roar however, tonight’s game is Brisbane’s third in the competition, after they made it past Stirling Lions of WA at this stage last season before losing to Adelaide in the last 16 last year down in Adelaide. This also represents the third straight road game for the Roar in this competition, should they get through tonight a home game would be nice should they draw an A-League side.

Brisbane obviously go into this game short on match conditioning with just the Liverpool game under their belts, however improvement and progression on the performance against the Reds should be expected with an extra month of training under their belts. The off-field dramas of recent months could well play a factor, however for 90 minutes at least they need to put that out of their minds and put in a performance.

The starting line-up will likely be very similar to that which took the field against Liverpool with experienced trio Michael Theo, Jean Carlos Solórzano and Henrique all still out injured which presents another chance for the younger brigade. Matt McKay however is set to feature having returned to training after being rested from the Liverpool game, with Steven Lustica likely to be the unlucky man to make way. The one interesting area selection wise could be in the full-back roles, with Jerome Polenz likely to be pushing for a start, which could either see Jack Hingert dropped or shifted to the left hand side.

Brisbane Roar squad
1) Michael Theo, 3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 6) Jerome Polenz, 8) Steven Lustica, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 15) James Donachie, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Luke Brattan, 19) Jack Hingert, 20) Shannon Brady, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 27) Mitchell Hore, 28) Brandon Borrello, 29) Patrick Theodore, 38) Cameron Crestani, 39) Tomislav Bilic, 40) Abrahim Yango.

Western Sydney are probably a bit further along in their preparations for the new season having had a pair of trial matches recently to tune up for this game, and they’ll be looking for a first ever win in the competition after being dumped out by Adelaide City at this stage a year ago. Their form in those trial games however was sketchy, with a 3-0 win over Mt. Druitt before losing to Central Coast 3-2 in Coffs Harbour on Friday.

Despite those games however, Tony Popovic is still bringing his squad together after making wholesale changes in the closed season with a couple of imports either yet to arrive or having just arrived. It’s unlikely that their new imports will feature in the game, but the hosts still have a good squad of players to choose from who will be desperate to rebound from a sub-par season domestically last time out.

Western Sydney Wanderers squad
1) Dean Bouzanis, 2) Shannon Cole, 3) Scott Jamieson, 4) Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5) Brendan Hamill, 6) Mitch Nichols, 7) Romeo Castelen, 8) Dimas Delgado, 9) Federico Piovaccari, 11) Brendan Santalab, 12) Scott Neville, 14) Golgol Mebrahtu, 15) Kearyn Baccus, 16) Jaushua Sotirio, 17) Alberto Aguilar, 18) Andreau Guerao, 19) Mark Bridge, 20) Andrew Redmayne, 21) Jacob Pepper, 22) Jonathan Aspropotamitis, 23) Daniel Alessi, 33) Josh MacDonald, 36) Liam Youlley.

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Tonight’s FFA Cup clash can be seen live on Fox Sports, with the game scheduled as the main game meaning we should see the majority, if not all of it. I believe there will also be a live stream on the Fox Sports website should they cut away to another game. Also don’t forget that Fields of Dream tonight will have a feature on the Roar. Fields to Dream airs at 6.30, pre-game from 7.00 with kick-off at 7.30pm.


Theo, Solorzano out of Cup Clash

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Still Injured (Pic credits: Jono Searle)

Via Marco: Brisbane Roar are set to be without Goalkeeper Michael Theo and striker Jean Carlos Solórzano for next Tuesday’s FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Western Sydney Wanderers down in Penrith. The duo both missed last months 2-1 loss to Liverpool.

Theo, who made just four competitive appearances last season due to a serious wrist injury is being left out, with the coaching staff opting for a more conservative approach in order to make sure he doesn’t re-injure the wrist. It’s likely that Theo will return to action via the pre-season games which were confirmed yesterday.

Solórzano meanwhile missed the Liverpool clash with a foot injury is far less certain to feature in the pre-season, while missing the first game is also a possibility.

Jamie Young will once again play in goals for the Roar, while new signing Jamie Maclaren will be expected to deliver the goals in the absence of Solórzano.

Brisbane’s young chargers will  also get another chance to impress on the big stage, with Young Roar goalkeeper Denver Crickmore likely to be seated on the bench for the clash. One of the club’s young forwards like Abrahim Yango, Shannon Brady or Nicholas D’Agostino are also likely to get their chance off the bench.


Roar to face Wanderers in FFA Cup Round of 32

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Brisbane Roar will begin their second FFA Cup campaign on the road against Western Sydney Wanderers in late July after the draw was made this afternoon.

The game will be Brisbane’s third in the competition, all of which have been on the road with the Roar beating WA’s Stirling Lions last year in the round of 32, before losing to Adelaide in the last 16. The Wanderers meanwhile lost in the last 32 against Adelaide City in what was the upset of the tournament.

The news wasn’t much better for Queensland’s other representatives with Lions FC, Brisbane Strikers and FNQ Heat all given tricky road ties against Croydon Kings, Hume City and Oakleigh Cannons respectively.

Palm Beach will host the only tie to be played in Queensland with the Gold Coast based club set to face Victorian side South Melbourne. Here’s the full draw.

Matchday 1- July 28/29

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix
West Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar
Croydon Kings v Lions FC
Hume City v Brisbane Strikers
Blacktown City v Meterostars
Rockdale v Perth SC
Oakleigh Cannons v FNQ Heat
Palm Beach v South Melbourne
Sydney United v South Hobart
Gungahlin United v Sydney Olympic
Broadmeadow Magic v Heidelberg United
Darwin Olympic v Adelaide United
Sorrento FC v Sydney FC
Balmain Tigers v Melbourne Victory
Edgeworth FC v Melbourne City

Times, dates and venue’s to be confirmed.


FFA Cup Qualification update

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It’s the off-season in the A-League, but across the nation teams in the National Premier Leagues and beyond are vying for a spot in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

The Cup, now in it’s second year was a revelation in the early weeks of last year and will only continue to grow as the competition creates it’s own history.

Adelaide United ran out inaugural winners of the cup, defeating Perth Glory in the final, while Brisbane were eliminated in the Round of 16 by the eventual winners.

For this season, Brisbane’s round of 32 tie figures to be an all A-League affair, with the bottom six of the A-League playing off against one another.

Over 600 teams have been vying for a spot in the draw, however breakdown of where the last 32 come from has changed from last year, with spots for a Northern Territory team, and the winner of last years NPL Finals series allocated. Here’s the breakdown:

A-League (10)
NPL Finals (1)
New South Wales (5)
Northern NSW (2)
Queensland (4)
Victoria (4)
Western Australia (2)
South Australia (1)
Tasmania (1)
ACT (1)
Northern Territory (1)

Before we go through the qualifiers recently completed and upcoming, 19 teams have already booked their spot in the last 32, with Qualifying in NSW and Tasmania already completed.

A-League (10)
Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix, Western Sydney Wanderers.

NPL Finals (1)
North East MetroStars SC.

New South Wales (5)
Sydney Olympic, Sydney United 58, Blacktown City, Balmain Tigers, Rockdale City Suns.

Queensland (3)
Far North Queensland Heat, Brisbane Strikers, Lions FC.

Tasmania (1)
South Hobart FC

Queensland
Starting with the qualifiers here in Queensland, and 3 of the 4 spots have been filled, with Brisbane’s two representatives confirmed this week in addition to FNQ Heat who will represent the North of the state for the second straight year.

The fourth and final spot, which belongs to the Wide Bay/GC/SC/SW Qld regions is down to three teams with Noosa Lions coming up with a massive upset against NPL side Sunshine Coast Fire.

Round 6
United Warriors FC vs. Noosa Lions FC
Winner will move on to play Palm Beach Sharks in Round 7 for a spot in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

Victoria
The draw for Round 7 down in Victoria was made earlier in the week. Ties will be played on June 24th-25th.

South Melbourne FC vs. Frankston Pines FC
Hume City FC vs. Kingston City FC
South Springvale SC vs. Oakleigh Cannons FC
Heidelberg United FC vs. Goulburn Valley Suns FC
Winners will progress to the FFA Cup Round of 32.

Northern New South Wales
They’re up to Round 6 in Northern NSW qualifiers, with the Northern Pool and Southern Pool combining into one for the final two rounds.

Round 6 will be played on June 20th
Coffs City United FC vs. Edgeworth FC
South Armidale United FC vs. Broadmeadow Magic FC
Jesmond FC vs. West Wallsend SFC
Valentine FC vs. Adamstown Rosebud FC
Winners progress to round 7, where the final four teams will compete for two spots in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

Western Australia
They’re down to the final 4 over in the West, with all four sides 90 minutes from qualifying.

Round 7 (to be played June 21st-22nd)
Bayswater City SC vs., Sorrento FC
Perth SC vs. Gwelup Croatia
Winners progress to the FFA Cup Round of 32

South Australia
In SA , they’re down to the final two sides, with last year’s qualifiers Adelaide City hosting Croydon Kings (Rocky Visconte’s club)

Round 7 (Date to be confirmed)
Adelaide City vs. Croydon Kings
Winner progress to the FFA Cup Round of 32

ACT
They’re down to the final round of qualifying in the Nations Capital, with Belconnen United and Gungahlin United the only teams left standing. Belconnen knocked out last year’s ACT Qualifiers –Tuggeranong United- in Round 6

Round 7
Belconnen United vs. Gungahlin United
Winner Progresses to the FFA Cup Round of 32

Northern Territory
Finally, in the first year of Northern Territory qualifying they’re up to Round 6, with qualifying divided into Darwin and Alice Springs Regions.

Round 6 (to be played June 16th)
Darwin region- Casuarina FC vs. Darwin Olympic
Alice Springs region- Celtic FC vs. Gillen Scorpions Round 7 (to be played June 27th)
Winner of Darwin playoff vs. Winner of Alice Springs playoff Winner progresses to the FFA Cup Round of 32