All the matches in the four groups ended earlier today and therefore the group stage of the most popular tournament among the Macedonian-Australian community got concluded.
The first group saw Rockdale and Preston fighting for the first place that eventually went to the Suns who in a direct match defeated the big rival with 2:0 thanks to the goals scored by Jonathan Grozdanovski and Bai Antoniou. The holders ended the group stage without conceding.
Rockdale City Suns – Arncliffe Scots 2:0
Preston Lions – Cringila Lions 1:0
Arncliffe Scots – Preston Lions 0:4
Cringila Lions – Rockdale City Suns 0:0
Rockdale City Suns – Preston Lions 2:0
Arncliffe Scots – Cringila Lions 0:3
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The second group was the most even and intense. Queanbeyan surprised Altona in the opening round, but was left empty handed on the end despite being equal on points with both Altona and Broadmeadow. They missed the quarter-finals because of worse goal-difference.
Broadmeadow Magic – Keilor Wolves 3:0
Altona Magic – Queanbeyan City 0:1
Queanbeyan City – Broadmeadow Magic 0:5
Keilor Wolves – Altona Magic 0:5
Altona Magic – Broadmeadow Magic 1:0
Queanbeyan City – Keilor Wolves 4:0
Wollongong and Lalor Utd shared the points in the first round and than easily beat the other two participants to book a place in the next round.
Geelong – Noble Park 3:1
Wollongong United – Lalor United Sloga 1:1
Lalor United Sloga – Geelong 2:0
Noble Park – Wollongong United 0:5
Wollongong United – Geelong 1:0 (photo)
Noble Park – Lalor United Sloga 0:1
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One of the title favorites, Banckstown, had a walkover in the last group. They only had to put on an effort to defeat Sydenham Park, but that game was only a match for the first place as both previously had qualified.
Sydenham Park – Plenty Valley Lions 4:0
Bankstown City – Shepparton 3:0
Shepparton – Sydenham Park 0:2
Plenty Valley Lions – Bankstown City 0:4
Bankstown City – Sydenham Park 1:0
Shepparton – Plenty Valley Lions 1:0
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The quarter-finals will be played on Sunday and will feature some interesting match-ups. Holders Rockdale will have to confirm the role of favorite against the tough team of Lalor Utd. The highlight of the quarter-finals will probably be the clash between Wollongong and Preston, but Bankstown and Altona should also be interesting. We expect an equal game at Broadmeadow – Sydenham.
10.00 Rockdale City Suns vs Lalor United Sloga (W) at Keilor Lodge
10.00 Wollongong United vs Preston Lions (X) at Keilor Lodge Reserve
11.00 Broadmeadow Magic vs Sydenham Park (Y) at Keilor Lodge
11.00 Bankstown City vs Altona Magic (Z) at Keilor Lodge Reserve
13.00 team W vs team Z at Keilor Lodge
13.00 team X vs team Y at Keilor Lodge Reserve
16.00 at Keilor Lodge
photo: Geelong SSC