FFA CUP: Magic crash out against Heidelberg United

FFA Cup: Magic crash out of Cup FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland
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FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

FFA CUP: Heidelberg United FC were too good for Broadmeadow Magic downing the local side 3-1 at Magic Park. Picture: Ryan Osland

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AN encouraging second half performance was not enough for Broadmeadow as they exited the FFA Cup with a 3-1 loss to Victorian club Heidelberg United in front of 1342 fans at Magic Park on Wednesday night.

Down 3-0 and outplayed up to half-time, Magic had the better of the second half in the round of 32 game but failed to take their chances.

Broadmeadow had seven opportunities, including four shots from Dino Fajkovic, before Scott Pettit finished a one-two passing move close to goal with Fajkovic in the 72nd minute to give the hosts hope.

Rhys Tippett had a long range goal denied for offside in the 86th minute and Ko Sanjin hit the side netting with a header off a Pettit free kick in the 89th.

But the revival was not enough against the classy Heidelberg, who are second in the strong Victorian National Premier League and dominated the first half with a double from Daniel Heffernan and a stunning strike from Jack Petrie.

Pettit, who scored in Broadmeadow’s 2-1 loss to Brisbane Strikers at the same stage last year, said it was disappointing to bow out but his side would take confidence from the second-half effort into the NPL, where they need to win their last three games to have any real chance of making the finals.

‘‘I thought we started well but that strike for their first goal was magnificent, and it was a real hammer blow to us,’’ Pettit said.

‘‘We showed what we are capable of in the second half, but it comes down to taking chances and we didn’t do that.

‘‘At half-time we spoke about pushing higher up the park and what we could do better, and I think the nerves faded as well.

‘‘We also spoke about playing for pride and not letting it get out of hand. We did that, so hopefully we can take some confidence from that into the league.’’

Magic started promisingly against their more fancied opponents and had a great chance in the 10th minute when Luke Virgili was on the end of a cross to the far post.

He was off with his lunging attempt and from then there was no joy for the hosts in the first half as Heidelberg took control.

Petrie found the top left corner with a bullet strike from 30 metres out in the 22nd minute.

Five minutes later Heffernan was put away on goal and buried his chance.

Heffernan was on the scoresheet again in the 38th minute when he took a long ball before taking advantage of a mistake from goalkeeper Nathan Archbold, who came too far off his line.

Heffernan went close again in the 44th minute but Archbold made an excellent save with his legs to keep it 3-0 at the break.

The result leaves Edgeworth, who play Melbourne City on Tuesday night, and the Newcastle Jets, who take on Perth Glory the week after – both at Magic Park – as the remaining Northern NSW representatives in the nationwide knockout.

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