Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Patrick Leigh Perspectives
Gold Coast City goalkeeper Matt Stein has called on the Gold Coast community to travel in numbers to his side’s upcoming Westfield FFA Cup clash with Moreton Bay United.
City were drawn against the Jets, their fellow PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland rivals, via a LIVE DRAW on Fox Sports on Wednesday night.
The match marks the first away game for City in the Westfield FFA Cup since 2014, when they defeated Hakoah Sydney City East on the competition’s maiden round of national games.
Stein said that while facing a regular league opponent may not be the epitome of the oft-touted ‘magic of the cup’, he was not displeased to avoid the big Hyundai A-League clubs.
“My first thought was that it’s not the worst draw we could get,” Stein said.
“A lot of the boys might be a bit disappointed because it’s not a big A-League or interstate club, but rather a side we play twice a year anyway.”
“But for me, my only disappointment is that it’s not a home game. But even then, it isn’t a long way to travel so it shouldn’t be too much of a disadvantage.”
To that end, Stein called on as many City supporters as possible to make the short away trip for the match - with the club to confirm mass transit arrangements over coming days to enable as many Gold Coast fans as possible to attend.
“We had a lot of kids and families at our last game and that was great to have so many people from the Gold Coast community supporting us.”
“The fans were a massive help to us during the game. And it was great they stayed around after the game and had a chat – all the boys loved that.”
“So it can only help if as many of them as possible could come along and cheers us on again in this match.”
While the specific match date will be confirmed later this week, it is likely the tie will be contested within a week of the two teams clashing in the final league game of the season.
Stein did not think that familiarity between the sides would be detrimental to City’s hopes of advancing to the Quarter Finals for the second time in the club’s history.
“In a tactical sense, it gives us a great opportunity. We will play them in the league before and I’m quite confident we can get the three points there.”
“We will then play them again in the cup, and hopefully we will be able to go through them again based on what we learn in the league game.”
“That being said, it really depends on how they go in the league. If they are out of the race for the top four I really doubt they will put out the same full-strength team in both games. So it will be interesting to see what happens..”
For Stein, who departed Jets to join City earlier in the season, there is the added advantage of familiarity with the Jets’ key attacking weapons.
“It is my former club and I started the year with them so, for me personally, it will be great to have another crack at them,” he concluded.
City’s immediate focus is on Western Pride in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues this weekend and maintaining their hold on top spot with just two rounds remaining.
Westfield FFA Cup 2017 – Round of 16
Moreton Bay United FC v Gold Coast City FC
Match date, venue, ticketing and broadcast details to be confirmed