After upsetting Blacktown City in the FFA Cup Round of 32, the North Eastern MetroStars are looking for an East Coast double if they can defeat Oakleigh Cannons in the last 16.
One of the stars of the South Australian NPL side’s surprise 2-1 win against the Spartans was former Adelaide United NYL captain Liam Wooding.
The 22-year-old winger has inside knowledge of Metro’s Round of 16 opponents after he spent a season playing for Northcote City in the Victorian NPL.
“I’ve played against Oakleigh before, so I was pretty happy with the draw to be honest,” Wooding said, who made his one and only his senior start in the A-League for the Reds in 2012.
"No matter what team you get, it’s the FFA Cup, and anything can happen. I’m very excited to be playing Oakleigh.
"I expect it will be a very good game playing in front of our home fans and I’m looking forward to it.”
MetroStars are reigning national NPL champions, defeating NSW NPL side Bonnyrigg White Eagles.
In the previous round of the FFA Cup, the South Australian's came from a goal behind at half-time to beat their more fancied NSW NPL opponents.
Wooding says that the key to victory was the way the team trained in the lead up to the clash.
“We were underdogs in the game against Blacktown City, and we knew we were going to have our work cut out,” Wooding said, who trialled with Newcastle United in the English Premier League when he was 16.
“We had very clear roles in what we wanted to achieve, and we prepared for different scenarios that came up during the game.
"In the end it got us the result and we were pretty happy with the effort.”
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