FFA Cup semi-finals

Bentleigh Greens v Adelaide United, Friday 7.30pm

  • Bentleigh Greens have made it to a FFA Cup semi-final before and will not feel as “overawed” as they did four years ago when they were worn down by Perth Glory at the same stage. Coach John Anastadiadis says they are rested and fit, and are aiming to be the first NPL club to make the FFA Cup Final. 
  • Craig Goodwin has been one the form players of the FFA Cup in recent rounds but Adelaide United will be missing him in tonight's semi-final clash. Goalkeeper Paul Izzo revealed that Goodwin has succumbed to a virus. Goodwin's absence is likely to be the only change for Adelaide United from the quarter-final match.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC, Saturday 7.30pm

  • Graham Arnold and Josep Gombau may be gone, but the cross-town sniping hasn't stopped with, first, Markus Babbel's comments about having no fear and the unimportance of derbies, followed by Steve Corica's return serve that he's “ignoring” Western Sydney Wanderers' relatively unimpressive pre-season form. 
  • Corica says Sydney FC are ignoring the “thumpings” that the Wanderers have received because a derby, and a Cup game to boot ($), is a different kettle of fish (not to mention they have made the semi-final stage!). 
  • Sydney FC's captain, Alex Brosque, says that if the Wanderers don't fear the Sky Blues, then they'll continue to make the same mistakes and “history will repeat itself”. 
  • New Wanderers' recruit, and former Melbourne Victory player, Rashid Mahazi, who had a sabbatical last season, may be “rushed in” to the Wanderers side for the semi-final. 
  • Sydney FC will seek a replacement player for defender Ben Warland who broke his foot in a training incident. The prognosis suggests he'll be out of action for three months. 
  • Corica says it's difficult to find an injury replacement player for that period of time, but they are looking.

Sam Kerr

As we reported yesterday, Samantha Kerr (pictured) has been named as the W-League's first marquee player, described here as a “watershed moment for women's sport”. ($)

FFA believe that Kerr's “star power” reaches across gender and sport and is why Perth Glory, FFA and FOX Sports were keen to ensure she stayed with the W-League. 

In re-signing with Perth Glory, Kerr has eschewed possible deals with Barcelona and Chelsea

Gallop also says that Kerr's presence in the W-League helps to cement the position of the W-League as one of the best women's competitions in the world. 

Dimi Petratos

Newcastle Jets' striker, Dimi Petratos, has signed a three-year extension with the club. Although there were informal talks with overseas clubs, key to Petratos' decision is the ability to play under a coach who gives him the freedom to 'express' himself on the pitch. Petratos says he has enjoyed being with the club since day one. 

Martin Boyle

Hibernian player, Martin Boyle, is set to “pledge his allegiance” to Australia when he is tipped to be named in Graham Arnold's Socceroos training camp squad in the UAE next month. “Red tape” means the 25-year-old Aberdeen born Boyle will be unable to play in the match against Kuwait while the paperwork to determine his eligibility to play for Australia - due to the Australian birth of his father - is dealt with. 

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