Cahill’s call to seize the day

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TOM SMITHIES

SE­COND LEG - ANZ STA­DIUM, TONIGHT - 7PM

“IT’S there if we re­ally want to take it.”

It’s the sim­plest mes­sage yet the most im­por­tant, the words Tim Cahill will re­lay to his team­mates. Time and again the Soc­ceroos’ lead­ing goalscorer has seized the mo­ment. Tonight against Hon­duras he wants ev­ery one of the Soc­ceroos to do the same.

In 2006, Cahill made history as the first Aus­tralian to score at a World Cup, and he hasn’t stopped since. For play­ers like Trent Sains­bury and Rob­bie Kruse, rubbed out of the last World Cup through in­jury, the chance to fol­low in his foot­steps is tan­ta­lis­ingly close.

“This is go­ing to be mas­sive for our coun­try,” Cahill said.

“It’s 90 min­utes of foot­ball, to cre­ate more history for our coun­try.

“That’s got to be their mo­ti­va­tion, for them and the next group of lads com­ing through. They’ve got to un­der­stand how big it is.

“That’s the big­gest thing of hav­ing Mile ( Je­d­i­nak) in camp and now Millsy ( Mark Mil­li­gan) back. We can drive in­house mes­sages to the lads about prepa­ra­tion.

“Lit­tle things that make a dif­fer­ence to the night. We’re ready, I like what I see. It feels like this is our time. On the night it will come down to some­one tak­ing their chance, the defin­ing mo­ment that sep­a­rates men from boys.”

At 0- 0, the tie is poised af­ter the first leg, yet Cahill be­lieves things are fall­ing into place for the home side.

“If we re­ally just get into gear and give ev­ery­thing for this game and click, it should be re­ally pos­i­tive,” he said.

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