It’s the competition that has gathered momentum nationally since its inception in 2014 with the phrases of ‘Magic of the Cup’ and ‘Cupset’ coined as we get set for the 7th edition of the FFA Cup.
If the weather gods plays kindly, this weekend will see the opening round of the FFA Cup in the South East Queensland Qualification Region with clubs from four neighbouring zones vying for just three places in the national Round of 32.
The anticipation of these inter-zone contests has made the region one of the most exciting during these early stages of the cup, with clubs from Football Brisbane, Football Gold Coast, Football QLD South West and Sunshine Coast Football lumped together to battle it out for a potential challenge against an A-League club.
Football Brisbane Media TV will be out at three intriguing ties with Vilic Law Capital League 2 side Pine Hills hosting Mt Gravatt from Vilic Law Capital League 1. This tie is also one of the first two FFA Cup ties to played nationally in 2020.
With the arrival of Head Coach Leo Sirianni to James Drysdale Reserve, along with a host of key signings, Pine Hills will be looking to progress through to the next round at the expense of their higher division opponents.
Logan Metro and Brisbane Athletic will renew rivalries at Compton Park on Saturday. The two met last season in the Pig ‘N’ Whistle Canale Cup where Metro, from Vilic Law Capital League 3 reached RD5 of the FFA Cup before gallantly bowing out 1-0 to NPL side Moreton Bay Utd, toppled their higher division opponents. Both sides earned league promotion last season but Athletic will be aiming to avoid another ‘cupset’ at the hands of Metro so they can progress to the next round enjoy home advantage.
Our final featured game sees Ripley Valley host Gold Coast Premier League powerhouse Surfers Paradise Apollo. Its just Ripley’s second year in the FFA Cup following their inaugural season as a club in 2019, experiencing a baptism of fire when they were dumped out of the opening round of the cup by Mt Gravatt in a 7-0 defeat.
This tie will be a tough assignment for the newly promoted Vilic Law Capital League 2 outfit who despite having strengthened their squad, may find Surfers Paradise Apollo a class above.
There’s perhaps nothing more exciting than inter-zone clashes with no less than 15 ties pitting sides against each other who wouldn’t otherwise meet during the season, including an epic road trip for southern Gold Coast side Tallebudgera Valley FC who must head north to Gympie United FC.
Park Ridge must also head north where they’ll face a tough opponent in Buderim Wanderers whilst BPL side Brisbane Knights may fare better when they travel to Nambour Yandina Utd.
There are three all BPL clashes with Grange Thistle hosting Centenary Stormers, Acacia Ridge at home to promoted side North Star and reigning champions Albany Creek away to Bayside Utd.
It’s certainly set to be another exciting FFA Cup this year and how far will the community based clubs go???
Below are all the Round 2 ties ahead as well as those sides lucky enough to have been drawn a BYE through to Round 3.
Round 2 Ties:
Oxley United v USQ FC
Grange Thistle v Centenary Stormers
Runaway Bay SC v Caboolture
Western Spirit v Bardon Latrobe
Annerley v Ipswich City
Virginia United v Rockville Rovers FC
Jimboomba v Tweed United FC
Tarragindi Tigers v West Wanderers FC
Brighton v Pacific Pines FC
Woombye Snakes FC v Springfield Utd
Bribie FC v Musgrave Soccer Club
Gympie United FC v Tallebudgera Valley FC
Nambour Yandina Utd v Brisbane Knights
Buderim Wanderers FC v Park Ridge
Palm Beach SC v Westside Grovely
Gatton Redbacks FC v Willowburn FC
Logan Metro v Brisbane Athletic
Bayside United v Albany Creek
Acacia Ridge v North Star
Moggill v AC Carina
Ripley Valley v Surfers Paradise Apollo
North Lakes Mustangs v Beerwah Glasshouse United
Pine Hills v Mt Gravatt Hawks
Clairvaux v UQFC
Noosa Lions FC v Coomera Soccer Club
Bethania Rams v North Brisbane
Round 2 Byes:
Broadbeach United SC
New Farm United
Kangaroo Point Rovers
St George Willawong
Burleigh Heads SC
Robina City SC
Kingscliff District FC
Nerang Soccer Club
The Lakes FC