Western United back in action in Darwin Australia Cup Playoff

Rhys Bozinovski Western United

Western United will travel to Darwin for the first time in the Club’s history, taking on Newcastle Jets in July in the Australia Cup 2024 Final Rounds Playoffs.

The clash is locked in for Wednesday 24 July at Darwin Football Stadium, kicking off at 7:30pm AEST (7:00pm local time).

The countdown is on as Western United prepares to return to action with a potential debut for Hiroshi Ibusuki and more opportunities for the side’s exhilarating youngsters to impress.

This will be a repeat of United’s first-ever game in the Australia Cup – or FFA Cup as it was known then – when the Green and Black hosted Newcastle in the Playoff in Geelong in 2021.

John Aloisi’s first competitive match in charge of Western United ended in victory on that night with a certain Daniel Penha scoring for the Jets, though strikes from Lachie Wales and Aleksandar Prijovic either side of that confirmed the win.

With this set to be United’s fourth campaign in the Australia Cup, Aloisi and his side will be hoping to continue its trend of improving its standing in the competition with each season.

After losing to Wellington Phoenix in the Round of 32 in 2021, United defeated Melbourne Victory at that stage in 2022 before being knocked out by eventual finalists Sydney United.

Last season brought about United’s best showing in the Cup with wins against Edgeworth Eagles and Gold Coast United booking a place in the quarter-finals, where the Green and Black lost to the would-be winners in Sydney FC.

United will be hoping to call upon the last meeting with the Jets – a 2-0 win at AAMI Park in February – and keep up its 100% record of reaching the Australia Cup Final Rounds.

Western United fans can make the trip up north with adult tickets for just $20, concession for $12 and family passes for $50. Tickets will go on sale from 4pm AEST today, Tuesday 28 May.