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No Canteen, No #MagicOfTheCup: (FFA Cup & NPL NSW review, 4-9 April 2017) -
While the FFA Cup is great, it’s always a bit more exciting when your team is involved, so I made another long trip to the other side of the Sydney metropolitan area to watch Blacktown City play Kirrawee Kangaroos (from Sutherland Shire FA) at Kareela Oval, a nice multisport venue with two artificial pitches. Soon after arriving I encountered the first negative of the evening: the canteen wasn’t open. The crowd was also quite small, which was disappointing – it seemed like Kirrawee hadn’t done much to promote this game (although the weather certainly didn’t help), and the players + coaching staff outnumbered the spectators. As expected, Blacktown won comfortably. Mitch Mallia got a hat-trick, Yuta Konagaya scored in his first start for the club, while James Andrew and Adolph Koudakpo got the other goals. Demons reverted to a 3-5-2 formation, possibly because Mark Crittenden wanted to use this game for further experimentation. It was good to see a couple of the 20s players get a call up – Lewis Fraser and Mason Ingram started the game, while Evan Patramanis and Adolph Koudakpo each got about 30 minutes off the bench. They were all impressive – Fraser and [...]