Melbourne Knights are set for an all-Victorian Australia Cup Quarter Final clash against Heidelberg United at Knights Stadium on Thursday night.
The NPL Victoria duo along with NPL South Australia outfit MetroStars are the only non A-League sides still standing amongst the final eight clubs in the competition.
Knights are on their deepest ever run in the Australia Cup following victories over Campbelltown City and Lions FC along with Preliminary Round wins over Yarraville Glory, Bentleigh Greens, Box Hill United and Corio.
Knights strong cup run has been coupled with their best-ever NPL Victoria season which saw them finish an equal club best fourth to qualify for finals for the first time since 2015 while scoring a club high 51-goals along the way.
Ben Cahn’s side went on to pick up first ever NPL Victoria Finals win with a 2-0 Elimination Final triumph over Port Melbourne before being edged out 1-0 by Premiers, Avondale in the Preliminary Final.
Along the way Knights set a club record eight-match NPL Victoria unbeaten streak and recorded their equal best margin of victory in their 5-0 Round 13 victory over Heidelberg at Knights Stadium.
A superb 70th anniversary season saw Ben Cahn named NPL Victoria Coach of the Season alongside Avondale’s Zoran Markovski.
The Bergers are through to their fourth Australia Cup Quarter Final having beaten Moreton Bay United and Mount Druitt Town Rangers in the final rounds as well as Springvale White Eagles, Kingston City, Avondale and St Albans in preliminary round action.
Knights and Heidelberg, who finished the campaign in ninth have already met twice this season with Knights running out 5-0 winners in the opening clash before the Bergers claimed the points with a 3-2 win on the final day of the regular season.
Thursday’s Australia Cup Quarter Final at Knights Stadium kicks off at 7:30pm and will be streamed live and free on 10 Play.
Pre-purchased tickets can be collected from the Administration Office (4) between 5pm and 6:30pm. From 6:30pm onward, pre-purchased tickets can be collected from the Ticket Booths (8). A seperate express line will be set up for speedy collection of pre-purchased tickets from the ticket booths.
Tickets can also be purchased on on game day at the ticket booths. General Admission $20. Concession Admission $15.
In the Main Car Park becomes full, and Overflow Car Park will be used (11). Main gate attendees will direct you to the overflow car park if the need arises. Car Park $5.
FOOD AND DRINK
Melbourne Croatia will be open from 5:30pm for dinner, inside and outside in the Beer Garden. Reservations needed.
Inside the stadium grounds, the Cro Kombi Food Truck (6) will be open from 6:30pm serving cevape rolls, hot chips and beverages. The Melbourne Knights Kiosk will be open from 6:30pm serving the regular game day menu.
Four bars will be operating inside the stadium grounds. Two facing the pitch on the grandstand side, VIP Bar in the grandstand (open to all) and Quarry Bar at the Media Tower.
Australia Cup 2023 – Quarter Final: Melbourne Knights v Heidelberg United
Knights Stadium, Sunshine North
Thursday, 14 September (7:30pm KO), gates open 6:30pm.