State Knockout Cup quarter-finals week 2
Two more matches this week in the cup, click here for all the info...
The FFV State Knockout Cup Quarter-Finals are once again being run in a round robin format this year which will see two pools of three clubs fight it out for a spot in the semi-finals.
The teams in each pool with play each other once with the top two teams in each pool going through to the semi-finals. There will be no draws with each match going through extra time and penalties if required to find a winner.
The group format is necessary after Hyundai A-League clubs Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory declined to participate.
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Port Melbourne Sharks 3-2 Pascoe Vale
Pascoe Vale v Sunshine George Cross, 7:30pm Wed 1 Aug, Kevin Bartlett Reserve
Sunshine George Cross v Port Melbourne Sharks, Tue 7 August TBC
Heidelberg United 3-2 Dandenong Thunder
Dandenong Thunder v Cobram Victory, 7:30pm Tue 31 July, George Andrews Reserve
Cobram Victory v Heidelberg United, 7:30pm Wed 8 August, John McEwen Reserve
1. Port Melbourne Sharks: 1 win, 0 loss
2. Sunshine George Cross: 0 win, 0 loss
3. Pascoe Vale: 0 win, 1 loss
1. Heidelberg United: 1 win, 0 loss
2. Cobram Victory: 0 win, 0 loss
3. Dandenong Thunder: 0 win, 1 loss
Quarter Finals Group Stage
Dandenong Thunder v Cobram Victory – Pool B
Tuesday 31 July 7:30pm, George Andrews Reserve
League and Position
Dandenong Thunder: Victorian Premier League, 1st – 1st tier
Cobram Victory: Regional Premier League, 5th – Regional
League Form – latest results on right
Dandenong Thunder: DLWLW
Cobram Victory: WLLWL
2012 Cup Run
Dandenong Thunder: Peninsula Strikers 3-1 (State League Three S/E), Springvale White Eagles 10-1 (State League One), Altona Magic 4-0 (State League One), Heidelberg United LOSS 2-3 (Victorian Premier League)
Cobram Victory: Cobram SC 3-1 (Regional), Wodonga Diamonds 3-1 (Regional), Werribee City 3-2 (State League One), Moreland Zebras 3-1 (Victorian Premier League), Bentleigh Greens 6-1 (Victorian Premier League)
Dandenong Thunder best: Round Six (2011)
Cobram Victory best: Round Six (2011)
The Pool B ladder is the complete opposite of the Victorian Premier League table as Dandenong Thunder sit on the bottom while Heidelberg United are on top. Dandenong will want to change that with a win against regional side Cobram Victory, but with the away side already having knocked out VPL team Moreland Zebras and Bentleigh Greens – it won’t be a simple task.
Bentleigh and Moreland may not have sent full strength sides away to Cobram, but with 6-1 and 3-1 victories, it shows that last year’s Regional Challenge Champions are a force to be reckoned with.
Pascoe Vale v Sunshine George Cross – Pool A
Wednesday 1 August 7:30pm, Kevin Bartlett Reserve
League and Position
Pascoe Vale: State League One, 3rd – 2nd tier
Sunshine George Cross: State League One, 10th – 2nd tier
League Form - latest results on right
Pascoe Vale: DWDLL
Sunshine George Cross:
2012 Cup Run
Pascoe Vale: Sunbury United 2-0 (State League Three N/W), Hume City 5-0 (Victorian Premier League), Morwell Pegasus 3-0 (State League Two S/E), Port Melbourne Sharks LOSS 2-3 (State League One)
Sunshine George Cross: Richmond 2-0 (Victorian Premier League), Mildura City 3-0 (Regional), Southern Stars 2-1 (Victorian Premier League)
Pascoe Vale best: Quarter Final (2004)
Sunshine George Cross best: Winners x3 (1959, 1962, 1978)
Having only had to play three matches to make it this far, including victories over two Victorian Premier League outfits, Sunshine George Cross will be hoping their less hectic schedule will put them in good stead against Pascoe Vale who will be playing their fourth match in eleven days – putting them right into the fatigue zone.
A win by the three time Cup winners, Sunshine George Cross, will guarantee progress to the Semi-Final and will knock Pascoe Vale out. A win to the home side though, will leave the group totally open, going down to the final match.