FFA Cup preview: Broadmeadow Magic v Heidelberg United

Heidelberg head to the Hunter in sparkling form this season, though a loss on the weekend was a shock. Hosts Magic have last year's FFA Cup experiences to draw on, though they too lost on the weekend in a surprise result.


Broadmeadow Magic v Heidelberg United

Wednesday, 29 July 2014

Magic Park, Broadmeadow (NSW) 

Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Chris Young

Assistant Referee 1: Glen Peterkin

Assistant Referee 2: James Cleal

Fourth Official: Alex Merkel

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Broadmeadow Magic will be hoping its second time lucky in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 as they get set for another opening night appearance on Match Day 1. Heading to the Hunter will be ex-NSL club Heidelberg United.

The PS4 NPL Victorian juggernaut are keen to make an impact on their return to the national spotlight, just like their cross-town rivals South Melbourne.

Trying to end that dream is the free-scoring Magic, who have vowed not to alter their swashbuckling approach that has seen them score almost three goals per game in their domestic competition.

There is sure to be entertainment plus in what promises to be a spicy encounter between two attack-minded sides.


Robert Virgili (Broadmeadow Magic co-coach): “We are a very direct side and we won’t change.  We’ll try and put it to Heidelberg and see what they’ve got.

“We’ve done a little bit of homework on them. I’m hearing they’re a direct side as well and quite quick up front/

“It could be end to end sort of stuff. We’re hoping if we can get an early goal maybe we can change things a little bit…but we’ve got to be wary on the counter attack.”

 George Katsakis (Heidelberg United coach): “We’ve looked into [Broadmeadow Magic], we’ve got some footage sent over of them and asked some questions.

“We’ll definitely work towards that game and hopefully we can get something positive out of it.”



League: Northern NSW PS4 NPL

Current ladder position: 5th - won 7/ drawn 2/ lost 6

Latest result: Slumped to a shock 3-1 loss against last-placed South Cardiff FC on Sunday afternoon.

Who to watch out for: Kale Bradbury


League: PS4 NPL Victoria

Current ladder position: 2nd – won 14/ drawn 4 / lost 4

Latest result: Lost 2-1 away to Melbourne Knights on Sunday afternoon.

Who to watch out for: Daniel Heffernan

Broadmeadow Magic squad: 1.Nathan ARCHIBOLD (gk), 2.Jayden BARBER, 3.Joshua PIDDINGTON, 4.Benjamin HIGGINS, 5.Luke VIRGILI, 6.Daniel CASCIAROLI, 7.Scott PETTIT, 8.Matthew HOOLE, 9.Peter HAYNES, 10.Chris BERLIN, 11.Rhys TIPPETT, 12.Anders OLDHAM, 13.Anthony KONJARSKI, 14.Jon GRIFFITHS, 15.Paul SICHALWE, 16.Callan LEWIS, 17.Dino FAJKOVIC, 18.Levis DUSENGE, 19.Kale BRADBERY, 20.Michael FINLAYSON, 21.Sangin KO, 22.Bradley MACKENZIE (gk), 23.Willis NADFALUSI, 24.Maxwell MARKEY, 25.Aden GARDNER

Heidelberg United squad: 1.Jason KOUTSODONTIS (gk), 2.James CUMMING, 3.Leslie DOUMBALIS, 4.John LAZARIDIS, 5.Daniel VASILEVSKI, 7.Reuben WAY, 9.Kostas KANAKARIS, 10.Jack PETRIE, 11.Mark McGOUGH, 12.Ken ATHIU, 13.Luke BYLES, 14.Daniel HEFFERNAN, 15.Milos ILIC, 16.Angel TARAVILLO, 17.Steven PACE, 18.Andrija ROKSANDIC, 19.Dean JANCEVSKI, 20.Nejc KOLMAN, 21.Andreas GOVAS, 22.Kaine SHEPPARD, 23.Griffin McMASTER (gk), 24.Andrew CARTANOS, 25.Evan MARKAGIANNAKIS (gk), 27.Jovan DURKIC, 33.Anthony PRESLJAK