The FFA Cup came to Sydney’s west on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t a happy occasion for the hosts, Blacktown City FC, as they lost to Bentleigh Greens.
A headed goal to the Greens' David Stirton late in the first half was enough to get the job done against City, who spent most of the match on attack.
The Greens were shaky for large portions of the match and even the goal itself appeared to have been botched before it went in. The Green’s put a cross in to an unmarked player on the back post, who’s header went straight into the ground, but it bounced favourably for Stirton to pounce before the defence did.
On a chilly, wet night in Seven Hills, City dominated the midfield and put the most passing sequences together but kept coming unstuck in the attacking third.
Ryuji Miyazawa had the best first half chance for City but sprayed his attempt into the side netting. Travis Major was busy but didn’t get many shots on target in dangerous areas, except for a flicked header that might have been a goal if it had gone anywhere but straight to the stranded Greens' keeper, Alistair Bray.
In the highlight of a big late City surge, Kearyn Baccus forced a brilliant late save from Bray when he sped past two defenders and unleashed a long-range rocket, when it was tipped over the game was all but lost.
Now City will give their full attention to the NPL NSW competition as finals approach.