Words: Michael Flynn | Image: FNQ FC Heat
Gold Coast City skipper Justyn McKay has no doubts his side will be prepared for relatively unheralded Perth-based club Western Knights in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
McKay was amongst a throng of City players and staff that watched the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 live draw at Palm Beach Soccer Club on Thursday afternoon.
The occasion was extra special for McKay, who was acknowledged as the first City player to amass 100 competitive matches across both the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues and Westfield FFA Cup since the club’s inception in 2013.
The draw delivered City hosting rights in the fixture against the third-tier Knights, who currently sit top of the Football West State League Division 1 competition.
The match will be the first ever competitive showdown between the two clubs and marks the first time City will play a West Australian club in a competitive fixture.
Speaking immediately after the draw, McKay conceded he knew little of Knights but that is sure to change in coming weeks.
“They are a bit of an unknown quantity for me at the moment but we will do our research and we will be prepared for them,” McKay said.
“Our coach, Grae Piddick, really prides himself on his research on other teams in all competitions we play and he leaves no stone unturned.”
“He has us well-prepared for every team we play against, even when they are from different states. We always know their strengths and weaknesses and that always has us in good stead.”
The match will mark a fifth consecutive home game since 2014 in the national stages of the Westfield FFA Cup for City.
The club boasts the best return of any Queensland club in the competition, reaching the Quarter Finals in 2014 and boasting three prior wins on the national stage.
City’s only defeats at the business end of the competition have come at the hands of Hyundai A-League opponents Central Coast Mariners (2014) and Western Sydney Wanderers (2015), under the club’s previous moniker of Palm Beach SC.
“The draw has been quite favourable to us in recent years, to be fair. We have a had a lot of home ties,” McKay admitted.
“But, that being said, there is never any complacency from us ever. It’s about preparing right and playing how we played all season.”
“We have a lot of positivity and a lot of experience and we will take that in to the game.”
Date, time, and venue details for the fixture will be confirmed by Football Federation Australia on Monday, July 3.
Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 matches will be held over three weeks across four match nights beginning in the final week of July.
Fox Sports will broadcast or live stream every match of the Westfield FFA Cup from the Round of 32 onwards.