He may have been lying a little low in Round Two, but David was alive and kicking in Round Three of the Football NSW Preliminary matches of the FFA Cup, with many Goliaths slayed during an astonishing round of knockout football.
In our most recent review, we did say that on any given day, anyone can beat anyone – and well, did that come to fruition, as a host of lower division and local association sides produced upsets to continue their dramatic journey.
Let’s review all the goals as well as the now departed of Australia’s premier football cup knockout tournament – the FFA Cup – with a host of victorious clubs moving in to the lucrative Round Four of the prestigious competition.
North Sydney United beat Pendle Hill 4-2 with two goals from Alex Moth, and one apiece from Gavin Bowers and Ben Peacock, whilst Tim Alderton and Jared Thompson replied for Hill.
In a derby of sorts, six different players found the scoresheet for Gladesville Ravens who thumped North Ryde 6-1 at Valentine Park. Manuel Napoli, Bruno Novo, Igor Satefan, Dennis Garde, Grant Burgess were the scorers for Ravens, plus an own goal, whilst Thomas Cross got the consolation for North Ryde.
Illawarra Premier League side, Albion Park White Eagles, hammered Brookvale 4-0 at Cromer Park, with ex-Fraser Park defender, Farres Aoun, notching a hatrick, whilst Christopher Gomez scored the other.
Kirrawee Kangaroos made light work of Revesby Rovers, winning 7-1 with a brace of goals to both Matthew Hall and Tyler Cawston, whilst David Reid, Pat Morales, and Andrew Hajittofi all scored singles. Robert Hickman grabbed Revesby’s lone goal.
J.J.Kelly Park was the venue for Coniston’s 5-1 triumph over Helensburgh, with Christopher Stevanovski helping himself to a brace of goals. Coniston’s other scorers were Hiroaki Kohinoki, Frank Pierro, and Lachlan Martin, whilst Luke Van Zyl netted for Helensburgh.
There was a slaying of a Goliath at the aptly named David Phillips Field, where UNSW knocked out NPL3 titans, Bankstown City Lions, winning 3-1 in the end. Christian Soares was the hero for UNSW with two goals, with Nima Beik scoring the other, whilst Mitsuki Nakada was the sole scorer for Bankstown City.
Julio Mushaba scored a hatrick in South Coast Flame’s 4-2 win over West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook, with the other goal coming from Boki Caric. Anthony Manassa and Cane Glanicar netted for the losing side.
Berkeley Vale overcame Hills Hawks 5-1 with two goals each for Damien Lobb and Michael Tawyer, whilst Brenton Westley also found the net. Hawks scored through Tom Vriens.
Abbotsford Juniors moved in to Round 4 with a 5-1 thumping of Kogarah Waratahs, for whom Bruno Nobrega scored their lone goal. The goals for Abbotsford came from Ricardo Milano (2), Michael Papps, Adamo Raciti and Gaetano La Ianca.
There was plenty of drama in the Blue Mountains – Central Sydney Wolves fixture, with extra time needed to separate the two sides.
Bryan Soane, Mark Semeniuk, and Mitchell King netted for Blue Mountains, with King receiving his marching orders in the 102nd minute. The Wolves scored through Hassan Hannouf and Ahmad Daghaghele in reply, and also finished with ten men with the sending off of Ali Audeh.
There were nine goals at Lockwood Park, with FC Gazy Auburn prevailing 5-4 against Revesby Workers. Javier Salinas notched four goals for Gazy, whilst Glen Williams scored a hatrick for Revesby but it wasn’t enough as Workers were dumped out of this year’s Cup.
Balmain Tigers squeezed past Ryde Saints United Football Club at Pennant Hills Park on the back of goals by Dominic Esoghume and Kassem Jirjnazi, whilst Jean Claude Di Manno replied for Saints in the 1-2 defeat.
Robert Murray scored the game’s solitary strike as Glebe Gorillas overcame Hazelbrook, whilst Cronulla Seagulls thumped Holroyd Rangers 4-0 with goals to Taylor Grogan, Joshua Landsberry, Kieran Tye, and Thomas Wilson.
A gaol fest ensued at Seymour Shaw where fellow NPL3 sides, St George City FA and Camden Tigers, did battle. City prevailed 7-4 with a four-goal haul to Michael Loupis, whilst Emanuel Koumis, Kallie Bangura and James Spanoudakis all found the net as well.
Jayden Russell scored a hatrick for Camden with Reece McDonald also netting, with the Tigers playing the best part of an hour with ten men after the 30th minute sending off of Mitch Brooker.
With the scores locked at 3-3 at the end of ninety minutes, St George Football Association’s Hurstville Glory stepped up a gear to beat Harrington United 6-3 after extra time. Gabby Rodriguez (3), Pato Sole (2) and Tony Mekhael (1) all scored for Glory, whilst Harrington’s goals came from Cory Conditsis, Matthew Raby and Stephen Watt. Glory managers Dennis Bastas and Peter Sgouras were delighted with the outcome and stated to Football NSW that the boys played with a lot of heart and passion in getting them across the line and were anticipating the round 4 draw.
St Patricks took Bega Devils FC to the cleaners at George Griffin Oval to the tune of 8-1, with Adam Funari netting four goals in the rout, whilst Woongarrah Football Club beat Sydney CBD Football Club 4-1 with goals by Kane Woolston, Jamie Bartlett and Mark Harmsworth, Sean Powell responding for Sydney.
Wollongong Olympic flexed their muscles at Elizabeth Park in Bellambi when they annihilated Bass Hill RSL 11-0 in a canter.
Yusuke Ueda, Vaughan Patterson, Jack Balmorth, and Kojiro Hori all scored braces for Olympic, whilst Lukas Stergiou, Julian Minutillo and Robbie Gaudiosi also scored.
Timothy Knight, Brendan Hall, and Daniel Rodger grabbed the goals as Killarney District Soccer Club eliminated Doonside Hawks 3-0 at Pluim Park in Lisarow, whilst Bankstown Dragons overcame Cranebrook United 2-1, Sebastian Nicolas and Andres Estay scoring for the Dragons with Sean Close replying for United.
Glebe Wanderers smashed Padstow Hornets 6-1 at Stuart Park on the back of a Stephen Dunne hatrick, with other goals coming from Shane Jennings and Robert Creedon, who scored twice. Costas Fiakos responded for Padstow.
Glenhaven beat Bringelly 3-0 at Hills Sports High, with goals coming from Isaac Wylie, Luke Treglown, and Chris McLennan, whilst Henwood Park FC overcame Connells Point Rovers 4-2 at Peakhurst Park, with goals from Ryan McKenzie, Matthew Menser and Jake Pleonges, whilst Anthony Lambaditis replied with a brace for Rovers.
Kenthurst & District FC knocked out Toukley Gorokan 5-1 at Anne Acquilina Park, on the back of a hatrick to Jordan Borrello, whilst Graeme Forbes and Luke Roodenburg also netted. Jamie McIntyre scored Toukley’s consolation.
Scott McGinley and Oscar Torres sent Central Coast United into Round Four at the expense of Wyoming Tigers with a 2-0 result at Pluim Park, whilst Terrigal United smacked Quakers Hill with for six with Jai McNamara scoring twice.
Hurstville City Minotaurs took Lugarno to the cleaners with an 8-0 whitewash at Peakhurst Park, with goals to Ram, Manyiel, Young, Mehana (2), and Fterniatis, who netted a hatrick.
BTH Raiders scored an even dozen to send Minchinbury Jets home with their tails between their legs, after leading 5-0 at the break. The goals came from Max Oldfield (4), Nick Hugh (2), Hayden Waters (2), Matt Brock (2), Glen Lehaire, and Mamady Conde.
Hurstville SC produced an upset when they knocked out NPL 3 side Dulwich Hill, winning 2-1 at Garside Park after extra time with goals by Daniel Kocina and Dario Borovickic.
Emu Plains produced a shock of mammoth proportions, beating Stanmore Hawks 2-1 at Hunter Fields, with a brace of goals by Joel Atkins, whilst Neil Jablonski replied for the hapless Hawks.
Bulli FC easily dismissed Inter Lions 6-1 at Ray Robinson Field, with Ben McDonald paving the way with a hatrick, whilst the other goals came from Guy Knight (2) and Mitch Del Turco. Neto Silva responded for the beaten Lions.
The Western NSW Mariners needed extra time to defeat Lindfield FC at Police Paddock, prevailing 3-1 after the scores were locked at 1-1 at full time. Kenny McCall scored twice for the Mariners, whilst Matty Corben grabbed the other goal, having had to play the final 20 minutes of regulation time plus extra time with ten men after Jaiden Culbert’s sending off.
Sydney University put their poor league start to one side as they ripped Greenacre Eagles apart by 13-0, with three players scoring hatricks. Nathaniel Sharpley and Conor Quilligan scored three times, whilst Scott Tonkin in fact scored four goals on the night, with singles to each of Adam Smith, Tim Bowman, and goalkeeper, Oliver Gibson.
Brendan Kellett was the star of the show at Valentine Sports Park, scoring all of Bomaderry’s goals in their 4-0 thumping of Leichhardt Saints, whilst Dunbar Rovers accounted for Port Kembla FC 3-0 at Hensley Athletic Field, their goals coming from Ryan Shaughnessy and Yoel Silvestre, who scored twice.
Hawkesbury City strolled to a 6-0 win over beat Redbacks at Valentine Sports Park, their goals coming from David Bourke, Rodney Cormack, Michael McCrory, Daniel Morsillo, and two goals from Joaquim Veliz.
Gladesville Ryde Magic looked to have been strolling to victory at Seymour Shaw when they lead 2-0 against Lilli Pilli with two goals by Chris Tomaras leading in to full time.
But Chris Boland and Dale Hodge dragged Lilli Pilli back in to the match with two late goals, with Hodge’s effort coming in the 7th minute of additional time.
Calcagno, Fanayan, and Ioannides all scored for Magic to send them in to Round 4 courtesy of a 5-2 triumph.
In other matches, Budgewoi moved in to Round 4 with a 6-0 thumping of Tolland, whilst Lane Cove were beaten 0-3 on their own artificial turf at Blackman Park by Granville Rage.
Kellyville edged past Gerringong Breakers 2-1, Sans Souci smacked Forest Rangers 4-0 at Claydon Reserve, Bankstown United easily beat Chatswood Rangers 4-1 at Blackman Park, whilst Western Condors squeezed past Prospect United 2-1 at Chopin Park.
Maroubra United beat Woy Woy 5-1 at Coral Sea Park, Banksia Tigers beat Penrith Rovers 4-1 at Parker Street Reserve, whilst Carlton Rovers defeated Narellan Rangers 1-0 at Nott Oval.
Epping Eastwood thrashed Callala Brumbies 8-2 at Pennant Hills Park, Marayong overcame Mosman 4-2 at Harvey Park, Randwick easily beat West Ryde Rovers 4-1 at Peel Park, whilst Tarrawanna beat Sydney North West FC 5-1. Fraser Park went in to the draw for Round 4 without kicking a ball following Wagga City Wanderers forfeit, likewise Pennant Hills at the expense of Dee Why and Granville Kewpie Ariana over Lake Albert.
Two games yet to be played at the time of press are the Peakhurst United – SD Raiders game at Peakhurst Park and East Gosford vs Nepean FC at Cook Park, with the subsequent winners taking their place in Round 4.