We’re set for a blockbuster clash with Marconi Stallions in the FFA Cup Round of 16. Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash, we take a look at five things to know about our NPL New South Wales opponents.
A club rich in history
Formed in 1958, Marconi Stallions Football Club was founded by Italian settlers who were out to seek a place of meeting.
A club rich in history, The Stallions won the National Soccer League (NSL) title a record four times (1977, 1980, 1981, 1982). Their success is no coincidence, having had a number of talented players grace their field, including former Socceroos Craig Foster, Mark Schwarzer, Steve Corica and Frank Farina just to name a few.
Now participating in the National Premier League New South Wales, The Stallions are coming off a strong season, finishing in fifth position on the league ladder.
Players to watch
A string of strong performances from Marconi's key players has seen their cup dream remain alive. The NPL New South Wales side boats a strong squad, with a fine balance of youth and experience.
Head Coach Peter Tsekenis’ squad includes former A-League players Liam Youlley, Marko Jesic and Mitch Mallia. While Nathan Millgate and Zac Cairncross have formed a sturdy defensive partnership that City’s attackers will be determined to break through.
Home of the Stallions
Home of the Marconi Stallions, Marconi Stadium was formed with the foundations of the club and has grown accordingly.
The stadium currently hosts 9,000 fans, creating the perfect atmosphere for football. The passionate Marconi supporters create a strong home ground advantage, making it a difficult venue for any team to visit.
There is no doubt that the locals will be in full voice on Wednesday night as they look to help their team over the line.
Magic of the Cup
Goals, goals and more goals has been the story of Marconi’s FFA Cup run so far.
The Sydneysiders have scored a combined 21 goals in their four preliminary round qualifiers plus their Round of 32 clash with South Hobart at Blundstone Arena. In those five matches, they have only conceded four goals, demonstrating their strength at the back.
City faced a difficult NPL opponent in Campbelltown City in the Round of 32, and will no doubt be faced with a similar situation when they take on the Stallions.
What's on the menu?
We're strong believers that part of the Magic of the Cup is the food that comes with it and that's why we've saved the best for last.
Club Marconi are renowned for their pizza, and not only are they mouth-watering, but they’re also $12 on Wednesday’s!
We’ve also received the inside scoop that the gelato bar is the place to be. As for the venue’s canteen, you can expect all the usual items.
City take on Marconi Stallions FC in the FFA Cup Round of 16 at Marconi Stadium on Wednesday 21 August, kick-off 7:30pm.