FFA Cup preview: Bentleigh Greens v Victory


Melbourne Victory meets PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria powerhouse Bentleigh Greens in the Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Quarter Finals at Kingston Heath on Tuesday night.

The Greens, this year’s Dockerty Cup winners and PS4 NPL Victoria premiers, are looking to reach the Westfield FFA Cup Semi Finals for the second time in three years.

They come up against Victory, the reigning Westfield FFA Cup winners keen to continue their promising pre-season on the eve of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Victory has endured mixed performances so far this Cup campaign, winning impressively against Newcastle Jets in the Round of 32 before a scrappy triumph over Hume City in the last 16.

Bentleigh breezed through the preliminary rounds without conceding a goal, before a thriller in the Round of 32 against South Australian side MetroStars.

On that night, the Greens won a tense penalty shootout 4-3 after MetroStars equalised in second-half injury time, and again in the 113th minute, to force spot-kicks.

In the Round of 16, an extra-time winner from Matthew Thurtell against Devonport City was enough for Bentleigh to earn a shot at Victory.

Victory head coach Kevin Muscat said on Monday the club has a full list to choose from heading into the match, and he expects it to be a tough encounter.

“We go up against a team that’s well organised and well coached, and from our perspective, our attitude’s got to be right,” Muscat said.

“We’re going to have to perform well to reward ourselves with a win.”

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Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Quarter Finals – Match Day 2

Bentleigh Greens v Melbourne Victory
Tuesday, September 27, 7.30pm AEST
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Cheltenham

Referee: Alan Milliner
TV: Live and exclusive on Fox Sports 505 from 7.00pm AEST
Radio: 3XY Radio 1422 AM or online at greekmediagroup.com
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Bentleigh Greens squad: 1.Ryan Scott (gk), 2.Nick Apostolopulos, 5.Jack Webster, 6.Liam McCormick, 8.Wayne Wallace, 10.Tyson Holmes, 11.Dion Kirk, 12.Joshua Brindell-South, 14.Kamal Ibrahim, 15.Ross Archibald, 16.Troy Ruthven, 17.John Maclean, 18.Matthew Thurtell, 19.Kieran Dover, 20.Marinos Panayi, 21.Zackery Demetri (gk), 22.Ryan Paczkowski, 23.Naim Delibajric, 24.Luke Pilkington

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason Geria, 3.Scott Galloway, 4.Nick Ansell, 5.Daniel Georgievski, 6.Leigh Broxham, 7.Marco Rojas, 8.Besart Berisha, 10.James Troisi, 11.Mitch Austin, 13.Oliver Bozanic, 14.Fahid Ben Khalfallah, 15.Alan Baro, 16.Rashid Mahazi, 17.James Donachie, 19.George Howard, 20.Lawrence Thomas (gk), 21.Carl Valeri, 22.Stefan Nigro, 23.Jai Ingham, 25.Sebastian Pasquali, 27.Alastair Bray (gk), 30.Lucas Spinella (gk)

Bentleigh Greens in the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup
Preliminary Round 4 – defeated Diamond Valley United 6-1
Preliminary Round 5 – defeated Goulburn Valley Suns 4-0
Preliminary Round 6 – defeated Murray United 3-0
Preliminary Round 7 – defeated South Melbourne 4-0
Round of 32 – defeated MetroStars 3-3 (4-3 on penalties)
Round of 16 – defeated Devonport Strikers 1-0 (in extra time)

Melbourne Victory in the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup
Round of 32 – defeated Newcastle Jets 3-1
Round of 16 – defeated Hume City 1-0