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Drama at FFA Cup as Southern Tablelands appeal decision kicking them from 2018 competition

By Lachlan Roberts 6 April 2018 0

Woden Valley claimed that Southern Tablelands fielded a suspended player. Photo: Capital Football.

Southern Tablelands United are appealing the decision that saw them booted from the 2018 FFA Cup for fielding an ineligible player during their round three match on Tuesday night.

United defeated Woden Valley 2-0 on Tuesday night (3 April) to claim a spot in the FFA Cup fourth round, but Woden progressed after lodging an appeal.

Woden Valley claimed that Southern Tablelands fielded a suspended player and were, therefore, ineligible to progress to the national round.

In a dramatic twist, United are appealing that decision, claiming their player served his suspension by sitting out of a trial.

The victor of the battle off the field will face the O’Connor Knights as the fourth round draw took place on Thursday afternoon (5 April).

Canberra Olympic will be aiming for a third straight trip to the FFA Cup national round when they begin their campaign against the Cooma Tigers.

The Riverina Rhinos will host the Monaro Panthers and Tuggeranong United will take on Woden-Weston in the other two all-NPL matches.

UC Pumas will face a stern test to progress as they meet 2017 NPL Grand Final winners Belconnen United, while Capital League sides ANU FC and Queanbeyan City will face Premier League opposition in Canberra FC and Gungahlin United respectively.

Matches for Round 4 will be played through the month of April and can begin as early as next week.

Following the draw, clubs can begin planning their matches through consultation with their opponents and Capital Football.

FFA CUP FOURTH ROUND:

Queanbeyan City v Gungahlin United

UC Pumas v Belconnen United

Tuggeranong United v Woden-Weston

Burns FC v Gungahlin Juventus

ANU FC v Canberra FC

Canberra Olympic v Tigers FC

Riverina Rhinos v Monaro Panthers

TBC* v O’Connor Knights

*The result of Southern Tablelands v Woden Valley is currently subject to an appeal, as such Ball no. 6 in the draw was Team TBC and will be decided based on the outcome of that appeal.

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