FFA Cup: Charlestown, Jaffas stars set to feature in NNSW decider

Ljubo Milicevic in action against Jaffas this season.
Ljubo Milicevic in action against Jaffas this season.

Lambton Jaffas and Charlestown may field former A-League stars in their FFA Cup clash on Wednesday night after the decision not to transfer games to the synthetic pitches at Speers Point.

Charlestown were drawn to host Jaffas after beating Boambee 6-0 on Saturday night at Speers Point but continued wet weather had led to doubts about playing at Lisle Carr Oval. Broadmeadow take on Hamilton at Adamstown Oval.

Northern NSW Football must provide their two qualifiers to FFA by June 19, making it vital to play the deciding matches this week, especially given Charlestown and Hamilton have an NPL catch-up game on June 20.

The synthetic surfaces at Lake Macquarie Regional Football facility have been used in similar circumstances but NNSWF chief David Eland said he wanted to give clubs every opportunity to host matches.

NNSWF football events and operations co-ordinator Ramsey Vane-Wood spoke to clubs on Monday and confirmed they were happy to proceed on the turf grounds.

Charlestown coach David Tanchevski said marquee Ljubo Milicevic was likely to feature at Lisle Carr Oval after being rested from playing on the artificial pitch.

Likewise, Jaffas coach James Pascoe said he was inclined not to risk injured stars on a synthetic pitch but they could feature on turf. Jobe Wheelhouse (ankle), Joel and Ryan Griffiths (both groin) and Michael Kantarovski (quadriceps) did not play on Saturday in the 8-0 over Port United. 

The Jaffas have since lost Bren Hammel (overseas) and Braedyn Crowley is cup-tied.