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Cahill's likely starting debut off-air

AAP logoAAP 2/09/2016 By Scott Bailey

Tim Cahill's first major match for A-League club Melbourne City will go untelevised.

City have been drawn against the Western Sydney Wanderers in the only clash between two A-League clubs in the quarter finals of the FFA Cup at AAMI Park on September 21.

Given the weight of the match, it's likely to be Cahill's first full match for the club after he played as a second-half substitute against the Brisbane Strikers earlier this month.

However, the concurrent clash between Blacktown City and Sydney FC will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, with Cahill's appearance relegated to internet streaming and Apple TV.

Head of the A-League Greg O'Rourke said there were clear reasons for why the Melbourne City game was not the match being broadcast,.

"The Westfield FFA Cup is all about providing the opportunity for grassroots and semi-professional clubs to play against the giants of the Hyundai A-League," O'Rourke said.

"A match that pits the current National Premier Leagues Champions of Australia against Sydney FC in their home state is delivering on this and for this reason the Fox Sports broadcast match on the opening night of the quarter-finals will be the Cup tie between Blacktown City and Sydney FC."

Cahill's debut off the bench for City was also televised in the round-of-16, while neither Sydney FC or Blacktown have had a game televised so far in the competition.

The match will be Blacktown's first of the tournament against an A-League club, having beaten fellow Sydney NPL sides Sydney United 58 FC and Bonnyrigg White Eagles to reach the final eight.

Meanwhile the other quarter-finals will feature Melbourne Victory taking on Bentleigh Greens on September 27, the same night Canberra Olympic host Green Gully, who earlier knocked out Central Coast Mariners, in the untelevised match.

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