There were goals aplenty with Preliminary Round Australia Cup action taking place around the country over the weekend.
Here’s the wrap of the weekend’s action in Victoria, Queensland, Northern NSW and the ACT.
Queanbeyan City, Woden Valley, Weston Molonglo and Belnorth FC advanced to Preliminary Round 4 as Australia Cup action got underway in the Capital over the weekend.
Queanbeyan City came from behind to defeat Brindabella Blues 2-1 in the opening cup clash in the ACT for 2022.
Bhutan international, Tshering Dorji and Vasko Petrovski scored for City, who will now host Canberra White Eagles in Round 4.
In Sunday’s other match at Hawker Football Centre Weston Molonglo defeated Burns FC 2-1 to set up a Round 4 match up with ANU FC.
Woden Valley defeated Majura FC 3-2 in a five goal thriller to book their place in Round 4 where they will face Tuggeranong United.
In the weekend’s final match Belnorth FC ran out 4-0 winners over UC Stars to set up a clash with newly promoted NPL CF outfit, O’Connor Knights in Round 4.
Highlights: Brindabella Blues v Queanbeyan City
Four Northern NSW Northern Zone Preliminary Round 3 matches were played at the Coffs Football Centre over the weekend with Coffs Coast Tigers, Iona FC, Port Saints and Boambee Bombers all advancing to Round 4.
Iona FC defeated Nambucca Strikers 2-0 with the club from Port Macquarie not only making their Australia Cup debut but grabbing the win in their first ever men’s match after previously only competing in junior competitions.
Iona will now face defending Coastal Premier League Champions, Coffs City United in Preliminary Round 4.
Coffs Coast Tigers made light work of Taree Wildcats, running out 10-0 winners to set up a Round 4 clash with Bellingen FC.
Port Saints advanced with a gritty 1-0 win over Kempsey Saints, they will go head-to-head with Moore Creek in the next round.
Boambee Bombers defeated Northern Storm 11-10 on penalties with their goalkeeper scoring the decisive goal in the shootout after the scores were locked at 2-2 at full time.
The Bombers will host Oxley Vale Attunga in Preliminary Round 4.
35 matches were played across Victoria over the weekend as a host of sides booked their spot in the Preliminary Round 4 draw.
Essendon Royals defeated Caroline Springs George Cross 2-1 in the clash of the State League One heavyweights with James Brown and Graham Kelly scoring to put the Royals name in the hat for the Round 4 draw.
In one of the comebacks of the weekend Corio fought back from a 2-0 half time deficit to defeat Warragul United 4-2.
South Springvale, who qualified for the Round of 16 in 2014 grabbed the biggest win of the weekend – defeating Hampton Park United Sparrows 11-0.
Round 3 action wraps up with Boroondara Eagles hosting Diamond Valley United at the Veneto Club on Monday evening.
MA Olympic trounced Burdekin FC 8-0 to book their spot in Preliminary Round 6 in the only cup match played in the Sunshine State over the weekend.
George McGovern starred for Olympic, netting four times in Saturday’s match at 1800SMILES Park.
Olympic are now just two wins away from booking a spot in the Round of 32.
Highlights: Burdekin FC v MA Olympic