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Competition for Queensland’s four Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 places is becoming more intense as each Zone whittles down to its final few teams.
PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues sides are set to enter the Preliminary Rounds over the coming weeks with clubs in Brisbane and Far North Queensland already eyeing Cup upsets.
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Thursday’s draw has pooled Football Brisbane’s 10 remaining teams with the six Brisbane-based PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues clubs. Two qualification places are up for grabs with previous Round of 32 participants Brisbane Strikers, Lions FC and Olympic FC all in the reckoning.
CQ’s Zone winner will be decided on Saturday, 16 April when Frenchville – who squeezed past Southside United on penalties – visit Boyne Island Tannum Sands. The winner of that match then meets the Mackay Regional Football representative in Round 6.
FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
Edge Hill United have racked up 16 goals across three matches to set up a showpiece date with PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues leaders FNQ FC Heat. Edge Hill have hosting rights at Tiger Park, with the prize of a crossover match against North Queensland’s winner in the next round.
Surfers Paradise Apollo put four past Gold Coast Knights last round to move within one match of a Zone final against Gold Coast City. However, they will first need to get past Magic United on Tuesday night. The two teams drew 2-2 in the BLK Premier League in March.
Magpies FC (7-2 against Whitsunday FC) and Mackay Wanderers (6-0 over Mackay Crusaders) both notched heavy victories and will play off later this month to be Mackay Regional Football Zone winners. From there a crossover fixture with a Central Queensland side awaits.
Rebels FC will attempt to take down Northern Fury after overcoming an in-form MA Olympic FC on Wednesday night. The local side’s hopes will be boosted by hosting rights for the clash.
Three teams remain with the winner of Kawana FC and Woombye FC – scheduled for 12 April – to meet Sunshine Coast FC. Kawana progressed with a 3-1 win over Buderim Wanderers, while Woombye ousted Beerwah Glasshouse 2-0.
United Park Eagles exacted revenge for last year’s defeat to United Warriors to win 5-2, and now visit Kawaungan Sandy Straits for the title of Wide Bay winners.
SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND
Willowburn FC, who came from behind to oust St Albans, will host Gatton Redbacks – 7-4 winners over Warwick – this coming Tuesday. SWQ Thunder then loom in the next round.