Warriors’ Thunder Rematch in Cup

Heidelberg United FC travels to George Andrews Reserve for the second time in less than a fortnight, this time to take on Dandenong Thunder in the Round 7 Australia Cup tie. For the winner, a possible final 32 spot in the main draw and a potential Dockerty Cup semi-final berth, and for the vanquished, an early exit from the National Cup competition, with just the NPL to concentrate on until 2023.

The hosts have made it through to Round 7 on the back of a hard fought 1-0 win over fellow NPL club Port Melbourne in Round 6. Previously, they had comfortable wins over FC Clifton Hill (3-1) in Round 5, and Brunswick City (6-1) in Round 4.

The Bergers have had a comfortable passage through to Round 7, accounting for lower ranked opponents Ballarat City (3-1) in Round 6, Altona East (5-0) in Round 5, and Geelong SC (4-0) in Round 4, with striker Kaine Sheppard netting six times in the three fixtures so far.

When these sides met less than a fortnight ago, Heidelberg United established a 2-0 half time lead before going a man down on the hour mark. The home side halved the deficit with less than 20 minutes to play, with the Bergers reduced to nine men into injury time, eventually hanging on for a gallant 2-1 win.

With a potential spot on the national stage at stake in this knockout clash, expect another feisty affair in front of a raucous midweek crowd. Kick off is at 7:30pm this Wednesday (June 8) at George Andrews Reserve.