Another fascinating night in the FFA Cup once again proved that the competition is a fan favourite already.
Adelaide United and Palm Beach Sharks both won their ties at home while Perth Glory and Sydney FC safely negotiated away ties against lower tier opposition.
Adelaide United 2
Brisbane Roar 0
A tale of two performances as Adelaide United joined their City counterparts in the quarter-finals while Brisbane Roar goes back to the drawing board after a lacklustre effort. As much as Josep Gombau will be pleased with his team, Mike Mulvey will be frustrated. Fans on social media were quick to criticise Roar’s performance. A goal in each half for Adelaide was too good for their opponents and the Reds never really looked troubled.
Palm Beach Sharks 1
South Springvale 0
81 minutes – this is how long the lowest ranked team in the competition held high-flying Palm Beach. A stunning strike from Jack Boxell finally broke the deadlock and South Springvale hearts. Profligacy in front of goal as well as Springvale keeper Rani Dowisha’s efforts threatened to take the game into extra time before substitute Boxell finally put Palm Beach ahead.
St Albans Saints 1
Perth Glory 4
Despite a 4-1 scoreline, St Albans will feel that they ran their illustrious opponents close. A fine free kick and a slick finish from substitute Jamie Maclaren took Perth out to a 2-0 lead. However, caretaker coach, and captain, Ryan McGuffie’s 69th minute penalty gave Saints fans licence to dream. Andy Keogh’s goal three minutes later effectively killed the game before Saints conceded again just before the final whistle.
Sydney United 58 FC 1
Sydney FC 3
Sydney FC gifted their opponents an equaliser, but two superb goals from Chris Naumoff and a solo effort from Ali Abbas won the game for the Sky Blues. The home team made a spirited effort but the class from their A-League opponents swung the tie away. Over 8,000 fans packed into Edensor Park to witness a tie that epitomises what the FFA Cup is all about.
Following the conclusion of the four games, the quarter-final draw was made at the Fox Sports studios. With five A-League teams and three Member Federation teams in the final eight, two A-League ties were drawn along with an A-League v Member Federation tie, leaving one game guaranteeing a Member Federation in the semi-finals.
FFA Cup quarter-final draw:
Sydney FC v Adelaide United
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Palm Beach Sharks (Qld) v Central Coast Mariners
Bentleigh Greens (Vic) v Adelaide City (SA)