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The first ever match day in FFA Cup history got the tournament off to an action packed start, with two matches going to extra time, a penalty shootout and a plethora of goals throughout the east coast on Tuesday night.

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The first match of the tournament (due to alphabetical advantage of the home team) pitted Northern NSW champions, Broadmeadow Magic against Queensland NPL side Brisbane Strikers and it was the Strikers who managed a 2-1 win after extra time at Wanderers Oval.

Brisbane Strikers started the match well but they just could not put the chances away early with Greg King having a golden opportunity after stealing possession but could not find the target.

Peter Haynes had the best chance for Broadmeadow of the half as he was able to get a solid chance away, but was denied by a solid save from former A-League keeper Michael Turnbull.

The second half followed much the same pattern with the Strikers dominating the early going but they were stunned when Scott Petit stole possession and managed a goal in the 57th minute.

That joy was short lived as the goal seemed to make the Strikers angry as Scott Thurtell was able to find some space in the box and shoot powerfully in to the back of the net.

With time running down, Broadmeadow were facing defeat as Josh Piddington was shown a straight red card for a nudge, given inside the box, allowing Keena Duimpies to step up and hit the penalty which was well saved by Chris Bowling to keep it 1-1 and send the match to extra-time.

Down a man, extra-time was going to be tough for Broadmeadow, and 13 minutes in the speed that Brisbane Strikers had helped Scot Coulson put away Jonti Richter’s cross to give the visitors the vital lead.

With time running out and needing a goal to force penalties, Bowling was forward but became the second man to see red in an FFA Cup fixture as he was shown a straight red for a foul when getting back to goal. Brisbane Strikers looked to try and find another goal but it wasn’t to be as they had to settle for a 2-1 win.

The first ever FFA Cup goal was scored in the encounter between South Springvale and South Cardiff as Lee Ashton managed to score in the 4th minute, getting the visitors off to a flier.

South Springvale, playing in a bigger venue than normal, settled and in the 26th minute they found an equalizer on a corner as Alex Florea headed it home.

But South Cardiff came back as Mitchell Wallace was able to mange to find a goal that put them in front right before the break to give them a 2-1 lead at the break.

South Springvale were determined in the second half and controlled much the half with a goal coming 12 minutes from time to force extra-time.

Extra-time saw both sides exhausted, and lead to few chances before penalties came, allowing keeper Rani Sowisha to make a vital save and send South Springvale through to the round of 16 with a 4-3 shootout win.

There was much hype surrounding the match in Brisbane as Olympic FC, in hot goal scoring form took on Melbourne nights and that form carried on to send Brisbane through after a 3-1 win.

Olympic started well and had the lead 17 minutes in thanks to an impressive volley, and he kicked on from there sealing his brace just eight minutes later, in a dominant first half for the hosts, they went to the break 2-0 up.

A loose ball in the box allowed Melbourne Knights a way back in to the match as youngster Jordan O’Doherty bundled in a ball to make it 2-1, but he effectively ended their chances moments later as he earned a straight red card.

With four minutes to play in the match Musti Jafari wrapped things up as he scored Olympic’s third goal of the match before Chris May earned another red card for Melbourne Knights, just to add insult to injury.

It was the story of the Gaitatszis brothers in the only match involving two teams from the same league as Sydney Olympic managed a come from behind 3-1 victory at Cromer Park.

Despite having the stronger history, Sydney Olympic were expected to find it hard against Manly United, and with Chris Payne scoring the opener 10 minutes in to the match, seemed to have that prediction on track, especially as Manly United held that lead through to half-time.

After the break Sydney Olympic came alive and in the first 15 minutes of the half drew level as Mike Gaitatszis scored to put Olympic right back in the match.

The other Galaitatszis brother, Harris made it two in the 74th minute, before Mike wrapped up the match just two minutes later, with his brace wrapping up a Galaitatszis brother hat-trick as he scored the third to seal passage to the round of 16.

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