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Brindabella Blues take on Canberra Olympic in fourth round of FFA Cup qualifying

This is the type of David v Goliath match-up the FFA Cup was made for.

Brindabella Blues from the sixth tier of Capital Football received one of the toughest draws possible in getting paired with National Premier League powerhouse Canberra Olympic.

The Blues will face Olympic in their round-four qualifying tie on Wednesday, April 29, at the Hawker Football Centre.

The Blues were the lowest-ranked team in Capital Football that nominated for the FFA Cup, but pulled off an upset in eliminating State League 1 side Goulburn Strikers 2-1 last week.

Coach Jason Warren-Smith knows it will be a different proposition against an Olympic squad that consistently challenges for the Capital Football NPL title.

"It could have been easier for us, but we'll give it a shot," Warren-Smith said. "It's a wonderful experience and it's really captured the imagination of our players.

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"The beauty is there's not much time to prepare, we play on Wednesday, so we'll do a bit of homework and see how they go."

While Olympic will be hot favourites to progress to the last eight, Canberra FC will have their work cut out in a blockbuster tie with reigning Capital Football NPL league champions Cooma Tigers.

Canberra FC coach Zoran Glavinic said he would use this weekend's league fixture between the two sides at Nijong Oval to get an early take on the opposition.

"I'm not very happy with the draw, but the draw has been made and you move on," Glavinic said. "We've got them on the weekend away in Cooma, so we'll see what happens with that.

"The FFA Cup is a big thing because we've recruited a lot of new faces to the club to have a big squad so we can have a rotation policy."

In the only other all-NPL tie, Tuggeranong United take on Woden-Weston FC.

NPL sides Gungahin United and Monaro Panthers will be expected to progress past Narrabundah (Capital League) and Lanyon United (State League 1) respectively, ANU takes on Queanbeyan City in all-Capital League tie and White Eagles have been drawn with Weston-Molonglo FC from State League 1.

The seven winners from the round-four games progress to the quarter-finals along with Belconnen United, who as last year's Federation Cup champions have a bye to the last eight.

Capital Football has one spot allocated in the FFA Cup.

FFA CUP round four qualifying

All games at the Hawker Football Centre

Tuesday, April 28: Narrabundah (Capital League) v Gungahlin United (NPL), 6pm. Lanyon United (State League 1) v Monaro Panthers (NPL), 8pm.

Wednesday, April 29: Brindabella Blues (SL3) v Canberra Olympic (NPL), 8.10pm.

Tuesday, May 5: Woden-Weston FC (NPL) v Tuggeranong United (NPL), 6pm. ANU FC (CL) v Queanbeyan City (CL), 8pm.

Wednesday, May 6: Cooma Tigers FC (NPL) v Canberra FC (NPL), 8.10pm.

Tuesday, May 12: White Eagles FC (CL) v Weston-Molonglo FC (SL1), 7pm.