FFA CUP: Five clubs compete to face the Buccaneers
TINANA must overcome the defending Wide Bay Premier League champions if it is to be any chance of facing the Wide Bay Buccaneers.
The Wide Bay League 2 club is one of three Fraser Coast clubs to enter the FFA Cup, while two Bundaberg powerhouses stand between them a date with Football Queensland Premier League club the Buccaneers.
KSS Jets will be forced to follow the longest path in what is hoped to be a fairytale Cup run, where community clubs can earn the opportunity to compete against A-League teams.
All eyes will be on the Jets' first FFA Cup clash on Saturday, April 7, as they face The Waves, the entity which was initially awarded a FQPL license before the club declined the offer at the 11th hour.
Football Wide Bay had publicly supported The Waves' FQPL aspirations, and withdrew its own bid to further provide support.
Football Wide Bay was offered the licence the night before the announcement, and led the implementation of the region's newest sporting club.
The Buccaneers have struggled in the opening weeks of the FQPL. They have conceded 30 goals in five losing efforts, though players are confident they will soon turn the corner.
The winner of the KSS Jets-The Waves clash will Doon Villa at Villa Park on Saturday, April 14, while Tinana will host Brothers Aston Villa at Federation Park Field, Maryborough, the same night.
The winners of both April 14 games will play off on April 17 to set up a clash at their home ground against the Buccaneers on April 24.
Wide Bay will play just three days after their FQPL game at Tingalpa club Wolves.
The winner of the Wide Bay qualifier-Buccaneers clash will progress to a sixth-round clash with Sunshine Coast's qualifier.
There will be no WBPL games on either April 7 or 14.
PATH TO GLORY
GAME A, APRIL 7: The Waves v KSS Jets at ATW Grounds, Bundaberg, 6pm.
GAME B, APRIL 14: Tinana v Brothers Aston Villa at Federation Park Field, Maryborough, 6pm.
GAME C, APRIL 14: Doon Villa v Winner Game A at Villa Park, Maryborough, 6pm.
GAME D, APRIL 17: Winner Game B v Winner Game C.
GAME E, APRIL 24: Winner Game D v Wide Bay Buccaneers.
MAY 4-6 (tentative): Winner Game E v Sunshine Coast qualifier