Australia Cup Round 2 Review & Round 3 Preview

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Albion Park 15 def. Liverpool Spears 0

Albion Park White Eagles were the first Illawarra team to play in the cup in 2022, and made light-work of club debutants Liverpool Spears, winning 15-0 at Terry Reserve.

A dominant attacking performance is an understatement for Alvin Ceccoli’s side as star goal-getter Cameron Morgan netted five in the 15-goal romp.

Their round three fixture sees them play the winner of LFC Sports and Padstow Hornets.

 

Peakhurst United 2 def. by Wollongong United 5

United were made to work hard in their match against St. George side Peakhurst United, coming from 2-1 down at half-time to win 5-2.

Both Mitsuo Yamada and Mason Versi both netted a brace as they advanced to round three with a clinical second-half display.

They will travel to the Central Coast to take on Southern Ettalong FC, who beat Gerringong 6-0 in round two.

 

University FC 1 def. by Cronulla Seagulls 5

It was a tough night out for the Students last week, falling to Sutherland association side Cronulla Seagulls, 5-1.

Scott Regent’s men were down 2-0 in the opening half-hour before Charlie Farr netted right before the break. The Seagulls deemed too strong in the end, scoring three second half goals.

University will bring their attention back to local competitions in the coming weeks.

 

Gerringong Breakers 0 def. by Southern Ettalong FC 6

The Breakers couldn’t compete with their Central Coast opponents at St Georges Basin Sporting Complex, going down 6-0.

Ettalong were up by a sole goal at the break but ran over the top of the Community League side in the second half, scoring five to round out a big win.

Gerringong now have a few weeks to prepare before getting their league campaign underway.

 

Woonona Sharks 3 def. Young Lions 0

The Sharks advanced to round three thanks to a 3-0 win over Wagga Wagga association opponents, Young Lions.

It was the best possible start for Ian Connelly’s men, leading 2-0 at the break with goals to Max Ashton and Brendan Pattman.

Jesse French added a third in stoppage time to book his side a date with NSW League Two side, Canterbury Bankstown FC.

 

FC Eagles Sydney 0 def. by Tarrawanna Blueys 6

Scott Chipperfield and his men comfortably cruised to a 6-0 victory at the hands of FC Eagles Sydney at Ian McLennan Park.

Three goals in both halves- including a brace from Stefano Di Marino- helped the Blueys into the next round.

They host Kenthurst & District FC from the Hills Football Association in Northern Sydney in the next round.

 

Cringila Lions 1 def. by Forest Rangers FC 2

It was a frustrating night out for the Lions, falling to St George Football Association side Forest Rangers, 2-1.

All three goals came within the first half, including a 30-yard screamer from Ben Zucco right on half-time.

Ultimately, Cringila couldn’t capitalise on their mass number of chances during the second stanza and fall out of the cup in round two.

 

Barnstoneworth FC 2 def. Thirroul Thunder 1

The Thunder end their first Australia Cup campaign with a narrow loss to Western NSW Premier League side Barnstoneworth FC.

A tight contest saw the sides go into the sheds with one goal a-piece with Thirroul captain Daniel Arthur netting for the visitors.

Thirroul left Orange empty handed when they succumbed a second-half strike to go down, 2-1.

 

Lugarno FC 3 def. Picton Rangers 1

Picton were also amongst the FSC sides to bow out of the cup, going down to a tricky Lugarno outfit 3-1.

The hosts went up 1-0 at the break before scoring two more in the second half. Picton’s Bailey Fitzsimmons scored the sides only goal of the day.

 

Unanderra Hearts 3 def. Liverpool Olympic 0 (Forfeit)

Unanderra advanced straight to round three following Liverpool Olympics’ forfeit.

They will host Granville District Soccer Football Association side, Dundas United.

 

Macquarie Dragons 12 def. Albion Park City Eagles 1

Community League side Albion Park City Eagles will want to leave this one well behind them, being smashed 12-1 by North West Sydney Football Association’s Macquarie Dragons.

Jacob Lester scored the Eagles only goal of the day as they look to their Bert Bampton Cup fixture with University in the coming weeks.

 

Port Kembla 2 def. by Waverly Old Boys 6

Port Kembla were on the end of a 6-2 romping from Eastern Football Associations Waverly Old Boys.

It was a tough day at the office for the Zebra’s, as the away side blitzed to a comfortable lead at the break before rounding out the game in the second 45.

However, Port did get their season underway in the IPL, downing South Coast 4-3.

 

Wollongong Olympic 7 def. Glenmore Park 0

Wollongong Olympic made light work of Nepean Football Association’s Glenmore Park on Tuesday night, coming out as 7-0 victors.

A few new signings got on the scoresheet for Olympic, with Rick Goodchild netting a hat-trick before Tynan Diaz and Sandy Lowcock popped up for a goal a-piece.

An away trip is on the cards for Matt Bailey’s men after they’ve drawn Dubbo Macquarie United in the third round.

 

Wednesday 23rd March

Match 9: South Coast Flame vs Inter Lions @ Ian McLennan Park, 8pm KO

Flame start their campaign in round three taking on NSW League Two side Inter Lions at Ian McLennan Park.

These two teams have never played each other and it will be interesting to see how these two teams match up.

 

Thursday 24th March

Match 22: Kiama Quarriers vs Hurstville @ Ian McLennan Park, 8:30pm KO

The Quarriers have been dealt a tough blow in round three, taking on Hurstville ZFC, who currently compete alongside South Coast Flame in NSW League Three.

It has already been a difficult start to the season for Kiama, after going down 4-1 to Gerringong in the Bert Bampton Cup. Whilst Hurstville are expected to progress, the Quarriers will be looking to make a red hot go at it.

 

Wednesday 6 April

Match 37: Bulli vs UNSW @ Ian McLennan Park, 8pm KO

Bulli have lost some key players over the summer, so it’s a slightly different squad to take on NSW League Three side, UNSW.

Guy Knight and Nick Littler are big outs for the boys in blue and this fixture will be the ultimate test to start the season.

 

Report by Nathan Turner
Photo courtesy of Graham Brown

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