31 May , 2018 By Football NSW
It was drama at the highest level as Football NSW officially announced its five teams set to represent the state in the 2018 FFA Cup Round of 32 as APIA Leichhardt Tigers, Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Hakoah Sydney City East, Marconi Stallions and the Rockdale City Suns will all find out their fate on Tuesday 26th June when the FFA conducts its annual live draw on Fox Sports after recording victories on Wednesday evening.
In an amazing statistic, all five National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s teams have taken part in a round of 32 spot prior to Wednesday evening’s fixtures since the introduction of the FFA Cup in 2014.
Belmore Sports Ground played host to a mammoth NPL top of the table clash as APIA Leichhardt Tigers came home with the coveted spot disposing of injury hit league leaders Sydney Olympic 3-0 to qualify for its second successive Round of 32 qualifier.
It didn’t take long for the NPL NSW Men’s leading goalscorer Jordan Murray to put his mark on the game as he opened the scoring in the 13th minute.
The Blues were left stunned and coach Abbas Saad did all that he could to push his chargers for that elusive equaliser only to see his side slip further behind as Japanese import Tasuku Sekiya joined in on the act in the 73rd minute.
The game was all but over right on the ninety-minute mark when Corey Biczo rubbed salt into the wounds of the Blues as Billy McColls’ men celebrated a memorable victory.
Olympic will now need to dust off this result as the pair meet again at the same venue on Sunday for their Round 13 NPL NSW Men’s clash.