It is all beginning tonight for our ESFA Clubs!
The Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds, round 3 commence for our ESFA Clubs tonight at Seymour Shaw.
We asked our Clubs their thoughts on their Preliminary Round 3 matches.
Thursday 17th March, 2016
Lilli Pilli FC vs Dunbar Rovers FC
8:00pm Seymour Shaw, Miranda
Coach Lee Burney told ESFA, “We are looking forward to seeing several young new players make their full debut for Dunbar Rovers FC. This fixture should be a good test before our season opener vs Coogee United. We are ready!’’
Saturday 19th March, 2016
Pagewood Botany FC vs Woonona FC
3:00pm Jellicoe Park, Pagewood
Coach Sammy Szemok reported to us, ‘’this is a great opportunity to play clubs outside ESFA. The team is well prepared and looking forward to the match on our home ground.''
Quakers Hill Junior SC vs Sydney CBD FC
3:00pm Quakers Hill Park, Quakers Hill
Michael Wallace Sydney CBD Club Secretary told us, ‘’Sydney CBD FC will be playing away in Sydney’s West against Quakers Hill Juniors FC at 3:00pm on Saturday 19th March, 2016. Having been knocked out in the 4th Preliminary Round last year, we’re looking to start our new year with ESFA with a cup run far into the FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds!’’
Glebe Wanderers FC vs Amity FC
5:30pm Heffron Park (Synthetic), Matraville
Glebe Wanderer’s Garry Toase described their Club’s thoughts. ‘’It’s our first year entering the FFA Cup and we’ve been inspired to have a crack after watching a couple of former players playing for Balmain against Melbourne Victory last season, experiencing the magic that the Cup can bring.
We’ve had a good preseason, like everyone we’ve lost a few players, picked up a few more, and struggled with injuries, but new first team coach Peter O’Doherty feels that it’s coming together gradually and we should be able to field a string side on Saturday.
“We’ve put in a lot of work over pre-season and the players are looking forward to a tough challenge from Amity FC in the Cup. We’re going in a little blind, as we’ve not been able to find out much about them, so we’re not quite sure what to expect. We’ll prepare ourselves well and hopefully the hard work we’ve done will pay off.”
NPL1 side, Parramatta FC await the winner in the next round, but the coach is focused strictly on this weekend’s game.
“Playing on the new synthetic pitch at Heffron is great for the lads, it should suit the type of football we want to play, so we’re confident that we can give a good account of ourselves against Amity, and hopefully we’ll have a bit of a crowd there to support the lads.”
Sunday 20th March, 2016
Hurstville FC vs Waverley Old Boys FC
10:30am Moore Park Synthetic Field, Moore Park
Coach Savvas Christou advised ‘’from a personal note, I am glad to have our first Eastern Suburbs based game of 2016 – given our travelling North and West playing teams from different Associations during a very tough preseason schedule. We welcome Hurstville Zagreb FC to our new home ground and are looking forward to a very challenging tie. The boys have trained brilliantly during preseason and are ready for the season to kick off.’’
Maroubra United FC vs Revesby Rovers SFC
3:00pm Heffron Park (Synthetic), Matraville
Coach John Devaney exclaimed to ESFA ‘’To borrow another man’s words, it is better to fail aiming high than succeed aiming low. Maroubra United dare to dream and are confident with their preseason training, match play and new signings on keeping the dream alive!’’
Glenhaven FC vs Coogee United FC
4:00pm Pennant Hills Oval (Synthetic), Pennant Hills
Coach James Whiteford explained ‘’we are really looking forward to playing in this year’s FFA Cup. After narrowly missing out on a TV slot last year, we will try and keep the dream alive for as long as possible again. Having won the GHFA Super League last year, Glenhaven will no doubt be a very tough opposition, especially on home turf, but we look forward to the challenge.”
Ararat FC vs Lokomotiv Cove FC
5:30pm Christie Park, Macquarie Park
Manager and player Alan Dowdall told ESFA ‘’Lokomotiv Cove kick off their season against Ararat FC at Christie Park, Macquarie Park. Christie Park is a major sporting facility with a Grandstand to protect those from the elements! Our opponents Ararat have a strong footballing tradition having being founded by Armenian migrants in 1988 and currently play in the GHFA Super League. This is our first time meeting Ararat and we have high hopes for a competitive game played in the good natured spirit that we have become accustomed to in the FFA Cup. We have recruited well in the off season and we are looking forward to playing such an important game 3 weeks out from season start. Having had a number of competitive trial games in the sweltering heat of Macquarie Park in the last couple of months, we are ready to step it up in the final few weeks of preseason. This is the first opportunity for competitive games and the chance to build momentum going into the season and to say the squad are itching to get going, is an understatement!’’
To all our ESFA Clubs competing in this year’s FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds, we wish the best of luck and look forward to your Match Reports and witnessing some great football across not only the parks of the Eastern Suburbs, but Greater Sydney.
Let the games begin and Eastern Suburbs football be the winner!