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Three Queensland clubs will secure showpiece ties against PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues opposition in tonight’s Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds qualifiers.
Round 4 fixtures on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and in South-West Queensland will see three clubs progress to within one match of being crowned the winners of their respective Zones.
On the Sunshine Coast, Kawana welcome Woombye to Kawana Sports Precinct from 7.00pm.
The hosts will have to overcome a winless start to their local McDonald’s Premier Men season against second-placed Woombye, who eased to a 4-1 win on the same turf in March. Jai Cross scored a brace in that match and leads his club’s scoring charts in the league.
A Round 5 date with Sunshine Coast FC awaits the winner.
Gold Coast‘s fixture also kicks-off at 7.00pm as Surfers Paradise Apollo host Magic United at Lex Bell Oval.
These two teams drew 2-2 at the same venue a month ago and are separated by just three points in the BLK Premier League, where Surfers Paradise have won three matches to Magic’s two.
Both sides notched four goals in their last Preliminary Rounds qualifier as the hosts put Gold Coast Knights to the sword in a 4-0 win while the away side ousted Palm Beach SC 4-1.
The victor progresses to meet Gold Coast City in the next round.
Tuesday night’s final key fixture (Commonwealth Oval, 7.30pm) pits Toowoomba-based Willowburn FC against Gatton Redbacks in the South West Queensland Zone.
Gatton – unbeaten in the league after three matches – have dominated in the Preliminary Rounds to date, notching 14 goals in two games.
Hosts Willowburn should prove tougher opponents given they already have hard-fought, single-goal wins over West Wanderers and St Albans in the bank.
The carrot for the winner is a Round 5 fixture against much-improved PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues side SWQ Thunder.
WESTFIELD FFA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUNDS
Round 4 – 12.04.2016
Kawana FC v Woombye FC @ Kawana Sports Precinct. KO 7.00pm.
Surfers Paradise Apollo v Magic United @ Lex Bell Oval. KO 7.00pm.
South West Queensland
Willowburn FC v Gatton Redbacks @ Commonwealth Oval. KO 7.30pm.