Sydney FC face APIA Leichhardt in Round of 16

The draw for the Australia Cup Round of 16 has taken place at the conclusion of Monday night’s matches and Sydney FC have lined up a blockbuster tie with NPL NSW leaders APIA Leichhardt.

The Sky Blues made their way into the Round of 16 with a pulsating victory over the Central Coast Mariners which saw both teams exchange blow for blow, before sending the match to extra time. Jaiden Kucharski scored a stoppage time equaliser to force the game to penalties of which a marathon ensued.

Sydney FC pose with the Round of 16 flag after overcoming the Mariners

22 penalties were taken with Andrew Redmayne saving the Mariners keeper’s attempt before scoring his spot kick to end a crazy afternoon of football.

APIA Leichhardt made their way through Victorian NPL side Goulburn Valley Suns in what was ultimately a mismatch with the Australia Cup debutants playing their football in NPL3. APIA raced out to an early lead before a second half quick-fire double put the game beyond reach for the Suns.

The Victorians would pull a goal back but with the hosts pushing for a second, star forward Jack Stewart hit them on the counter and secured their place in the last 16.

This is a mouthwatering clash on paper with APIA Leichhardt leading the NSW NPL currently and looking to win the title in the coming weeks, while Sydney FC lead into the Isuzu UTE A-League season.

Fixture details to be confirmed.