Southern Districts move one step closer to the FFA Cup round of 32

The magic of the cup: A crowd of 500 people watched the SD Raiders FC advance to round seven of the FFA Cup against Mounties last week at Ernie Smith Reserve. Pictures: Rhianna Payne
The magic of the cup: A crowd of 500 people watched the SD Raiders FC advance to round seven of the FFA Cup against Mounties last week at Ernie Smith Reserve. Pictures: Rhianna Payne

Every year there is a fairytale story in the FFA Cup. This year that team might just be the SD Raiders FC.

The Southern Districts team, who play in the National Premier League 3 competition, advanced to round seven of the FFA Cup with a 3-1 win against NPL 2 team Mounties last week.

It follows on from wins against Balmain (5-1), Quakers Hill (8-0) and another NPL 2 team St George (3-2).

The giant killers have now set their sights on a spot in the round of 32 and a potential date with an A-League club. Standing in their way are NPL 1 league leaders APIA Leichhardt who they play on May 30 at Lambert Park at 7.30pm.

Last year the Raiders lost to APIA 3-2 in round 5.

A win will see them be one of the five NSW teams in the final 32, joining the 10 A-League clubs and 2016 National Premier League champions Sydney United 58 FC.

The club currently sits fifth on the NPL 3 ladder with four wins from 11 games, losing 4-3 to league leaders Rydalmere Lions on Saturday.

The club has organised two buses to leave Ernie Smith Reserve in Moorebank at 5.45pm for the round 7 FFA Cup game for supporters and teams.

The club has organised two buses to leave Ernie Smith Reserve in Moorebank at 5.45pm for the round 7 FFA Cup game for supporters and teams.