The first Match Day of the FFA Cup 32 is almost here with six big all-Member Federation match-ups to look forward to right around the country on Wednesday night.
Ahead of their shot on the national stage, all 12 clubs in action this week have matches in their domestic competitions to take care of first.
Below is a full list of where each side featuring in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night is in action this weekend.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S ROUND OF 32 MATCHES
- Port Melbourne Sharks v APIA Leichhardt Tigers – JL Murphy Reserve
- Lions FC v Olympic FC – Lions Stadium
- Canberra FC v Broadmeadow Magic – Deakin Stadium
- Avondale FC v Marconi Stallions – ABD Stadium
- Gwelup Croatia v Adelaide Comets – Dorrien Gardens
- Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Hakoah Sydney City East – Bonnyrigg Sports Club
PORT MELBOURNE SHARKS
The Sharks were handed a Friday night game in the Victorian NPL to give them more preparation time for their FFA Cup clash. In a tight clash at Jack Edwards Reserve, it took a Sam Smith penalty for them to come away with a 1-1 draw against the Oakleigh Cannons.
APIA LEICHHARDT TIGERS
League-leaders in the NSW NPL, the Tigers face a tricky trip to WIN Stadium for a clash with the Wollongong Wolves on Saturday night. It’s a vital game for APIA, currently two points clear of Sydney Olympic at the top of the comp in NSW.
The on-form team in Queensland, Lions FC will go back to the top of the ladder if they can beat SWQ Thunder at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday.
Have, at least, temporarily leapfrogged Lions FC to the top of the ladder in the Qld NPL after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Redlands United at Cleveland Showgrounds on Friday night. Costa Psaros, Alex Smith and Steve Whyte scored the goals.
The league-leaders in the ACT – one point ahead of Canberra Olympic - Canberra FC head to Nijong Oval for a clash against Tigers FC on Saturday.
The Magic are also on the road as they head to CB Complex for a battle with Valentine FC. Currently third, the Magic are hoping to keep pace with league-leaders Edgeworth Eagles who are four points ahead of them at the summit in Northern NSW.
Like Port Melbourne, Avondale were in action on Friday night in Victoria and came away with a 2-1 win at Pascoe Vale to consolidate third spot on the NPL ladder. An Elvis Kamsoba goal in the opening minute and another striker from Joey Katebian was enough to give Avondale all three points.
A huge game for the Stallions in the NSW NPL on Sunday. Currently in sixth spot and two points outside the top five, Marconi travel to Ilenden Sports Centre to take on fifth-placed Rockdale City. A win would see the Stallions jump into the finals spots.
The team from the second tier in WA are at at Wishart Street on Saturday for their clash with Ashfield.
The Comets are involved in the match of the round in South Australia, on the road for the clash with Adelaide City. It’s a battle of third-placed City and the Comets in fourth, with a four-point gap between the two sides.
BONNYRIGG WHITE EAGLES
It’s a must-win clash for Bonnyrigg if they want to keep in touch with the top five in the NSW NPL. The White Eagles, currently seventh and four points outside the finals spots, travel to third-placed Sydney United on Saturday afternoon.
HAKOAH SYDNEY CITY EAST
Hakoah has a home game on Saturday night at Hensley Athletic Field, taking on Blacktown City. Hakoah is currently in 11th spot on the NSW NPL ladder.