Six matches were played on Wednesday the 29th April as State League 1 side Inter Lions defeated Northern Beaches Association side Collaroy Cromer Strikers 2-1 at St. Matthews Farm Reserve. The Lions parted company with coach Michael Urukalo and had Ernesto Meduri in charge where he got his side through to round 3 of the prestigious Cup tournament. Goals from Adrian Vizzari and Yoshi Tachi secured a round 3 spot for the Inter squad.
Southern Districts Association side Fairfield Hotspurs? run in the Cup came to an unfortunate end after they went crashing down 3-0 to State League 2 side Camden Tigers at Smithfield Park.
In what was a battle of the State League two clubs, Springwood defeated Bathurst 75 2-1 to keep their Cup dreams alive at Summerhayes Park.
Super League high flyers PCYC Parramatta Eagles put on the majority of their Under 20?s side as they defeated State League 1 side Stanmore Hawks thanks to a goal from midfielder Chris Camilleri.
State League 1 side Dulwich Hill took down Super League side Mt Druitt Town Rangers 2-0 at Popnedetta Park.
While in the evening?s other round 2 clash, State League 2 side Roosters FC ended the dream run of Eastern Suburbs Association side Lokomotiv Cove with a hard fought 1-0 victory at Mona Park.
Roosters FC battled till the end with nine-men on the pitch after two players were sent off during the course of the game but managed to hold off a spirited Cove side.
Super League outfit Granville Rage disposed of State League 2 side Fairfield City Lions FC 3-0 at Norford Park in Sefton. Goals from Kris Holbrook, Ali Al Sarkhi and Nenos Bobo all but secured Hugh McCrory?s men a spot into round 3 of the Tiger Turf Cup.
Promising young Northern Tigers attacker Tom Mackay hit a memorable brace as the Super League side defeated State League 1 outfit Balmain SC 2-0 at William Lawson Reserve. At the same pitch played after this match, State League 2 side Prospect United continued its good form in the Cup after they defeated Kellyville 3-1.
At Christie Park, Super League side Rockdale City Suns crushed Gladesville Hornsby Association side Eastwood St Andrews FC 5-0. Striker Nick Polimenakos grabbed a double as did Goran Popovski while a goal from Goce Trposki all but assured Mile Todorovski a spot into Round 3 of the Tiger Turf Cup.
Pluim Park played host to a five goal thriller as Super League side Central Coast Lightning defeated a gallant Northern Beaches based Association side Brookvale FC 3-2.
Tim Knight, Graham Toope and Alex Akemarmoi scored for the Lightning which cancelled out goals from Brookvale?s Pascal Julliard and Nick Malham. Lightning coach Peter Preston fielded a relatively young squad with as many as eight Under 20s players stepping up to senior football.
In one of the shocks of the round at Hajduk Stadium, State League 1 side Sydney Wanderers defeated FC Bossy Liverpool 3-0. Goals Anthony Froio, Tim Mitchell and Terry Pannowicz gave the Wanderers a memorable victory over their highly fancied Super League opponents.
At Second Ponds Reserve, State League side Sydney University defeated State League 1 team Hills Brumbies 4-0.
There was high drama at CSI Sports Ground as Gladesville Hornsby Association side Pacific Hills Dural defeated State League 1 side Schofields Scorpions 4-3. It has been a remarkable run for Pacific Hills Dural who remain one of three Association sides left in the Tiger Turf Cup competition.
At Cook Park, State League 1 side Mounties were dealt a huge blow after they were knocked out of the Cup by Sutherland Association side Gymea 2-0. This victory saw the Shire based squad edge closer to a fairytale quarter-finals spot.
Illawarra Premier League side Port Kembla kept their chances of a quarter finals birth flowing after a 3-0 victory over State League 1 front runners Blacktown Spartans at Francis Park.
Super League outfit Fraser Park ended St George Association side Kograh Waratahs dream of going further into the Cup after Ramsin Shamon?s men scored a tricky 3-2 win at Fraser Park.
While in the evening?s other match at the same pitch, Nick Orlic?s St George Saints cruised past Hurstville ZFC 4-0 thanks to double strikes by Tanju Balabanel and Juan Carlos Chavez. Saints young gun goalkeeper Tony Simonovski was solid under the sticks also as he kept a clean sheet in the victory over the State League 1 side.
Spirit FC also booked their ticket into the next round of the Cup after a comfortable 3-0 victory over UNSW.
Finally, the shock of the round was at Lynwood Park where Super League and former TeleChoice Premier League side Macarthur Rams were bundled out of the Cup by the Southern Tablelands Football Association representative side 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1.
Round 2 Tiger Turf Cup Results
Collaroy Cromer Strikers v Inter Lions 1-2
Fairfield Hotspurs v Camden Tigers 0-3
Roosters v Lokomotiv Cove 1-0
Springwood v Bathurst 75 2-1
PCYC Parramatta v Stanmore Hawks 1-0
Mt. Druitt Town Rangers v Dulwich Hill 0-2
Fairfield City Lions v Granville Rage 0-3
Blacktown Spartans v Port Kembla 0-3
Macathur Rams v STFA Strikers 1-1 (3-4 pens)
Central Coast Lightning v Brookvale 3-2
Sydney Wanderers v FC Bossy Liverpool 3-0
Mounties v Gymea 0-2
Hills Brumbies v Sydney University 0-4
Schofields v Pacific/Dural 3-4
Eastwood St. Andrews v Rockdale 0-5
Spirit FC v UNSW 3-0
St. George FC v Hurstville ZFC 4-0
Fraser Park v Kograh Waratahs 3-2
Balmain SC v Northern Tigers 0-2
Prospect United v Kellyville 3-1
-By Mark Stavroulakis