Rangers to tackle big guns in clash with Wanderers
THE Mt Druitt Town Rangers will get the opportunity of a lifetime when they play the Western Sydney Wanderers in a pre-season friendly on Thursday night.
The Premier League 2 team will host the A-League side at Popondetta Park, in Emerton, from 7.30pm.
Rangers centre fullback Ryan O’Shea said the game was not about scores.
“I think there will be one or two players that would certainly be on their radar or, if not, at least spark some interest,” O’Shea said.
O’Shea said the Wanderers had reignited interest in the code.
“I think their introduction to A-League woke a lot of football fans up,” he said.
“It is more socially acceptable now for my nephews to support the Wanderers.”
A strong first-up performance in red and black would add to the many fond memories the Wanderers’ new recruit Scott Jamieson has of Popondetta Park, which was where he spent a lot of time watching football while growing up.
“My brother and my best mate played for Mt Druitt about 15 years ago,” Jamieson said.
“When I was playing at Blacktown City, my parents would pick me up and then we would pick up my brother from his training.
“Being back here did bring back a lot of memories.”
This game and next Friday’s clash against Central Coast, in Coffs Harbour, are the Wanderers’ only preseason games before their FFA Cup clash against Brisbane Roar on August 11, and Jamieson knows he needs to deliver immediately.
“I’m excited to wear the colours and I hope we get a win,” Jamieson said.
“We’ve got a big game coming up against Brisbane, and to get some good game time will put us in good stead.
“It’s a massive game for me, as I don’t have the comfort of having played for my manager before.
“I want to play in the FFA Cup game and the season opener against Brisbane.”
O’Shea said he did not expect his team to have a chance at scoring, but hoped the Wanderers got a good challenge on the field.
“Our chances of winning are pretty low, but they should be, really,” he said.
“I just hope that we’re competitive and serve their purpose.”
Wanderer Scott Jamieson with Rangers stars Ryan O'Shea and Luke Clifford ahead of Thursday’s game.