Rangers to tackle big guns in clash with Wan­der­ers

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - War­ren Thompson and Danielle Jarvis

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.”

Pic­ture: CARMELA ROCHE

Wanderer Scott Jamieson with Rangers stars Ryan O'Shea and Luke Clifford ahead of Thurs­day’s game.

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