Mariners closer to FFA Cup finals

By Bradley Jurd

 

The Western NSW Mariners have qualified for the seventh preliminary round of the FFA Cup, with a victory against Hawkesbury City in Western Sydney.

The 4-3 win in a penalty shoot-out moves the Mariners one win away from the FFA Cup Round of 32.

If the Mariners qualify for the Round of 32, it offers the potential to host professional A-League clubs.

The Bathurst-based team took a 2-0 lead at half-time, before conceding twice for the score to finish 2-2 at the end of normal time.

With the match entering extra-time, Hawkesbury City’s Ben Gough put his team up 3-2, before the Mariners scored a goal to equalise and went on to win in the penalty shoot-out.

The game was moved from Hawkesbury City’s usual home ground of David Bertenshaw Field at Richmond, to Valentine Sports Park at Glenwood.

The Mariners will look to become the first regional Football NSW club to make the FFA Cup round of 32 when they host the Balmain Tigers on May 12

The match against the Tigers will take place at Proctor Park in Bathurst. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

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