Young­sters face big­gest test

Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Australia Cup clash to sep­a­rate men from boys

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: Filled with teenagers and young tal­ent, there’s no deny­ing that this week­end’s Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Cup clash will be the big­gest game in the ca­reers of many Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club play­ers.

WFC will host Frenchville on Satur­day night at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark, hop­ing to take an­other step on what has al­ready been a tri­umphant FFA Cup road.

The lo­cal team qual­i­fied as the top team in the Mackay re­gion ear­lier this year but now face the best the Cen­tral Queens­land Pre­mier League has to of­fer.

WFC foot­ball manager An­thony No­bilia didn’t shy away from how im­por­tant the clash is.

“It’s the big­gest game I’ve been a part of in my time at the club,” he said.

“It’s def­i­nitely very ex­cit­ing for the club, right from the ju- niors through to se­niors.

“Hope­fully we’ll have a big crowd down there.”

Be­ing a Rockhamptonbased team, No­bilia said the club didn’t have any in­tel on its op­po­nents this week­end.

“We’re work­ing on set pieces at train­ing this week be­cause we recog­nise that tight games can be won on set pieces,” No­bilia ex­plained.

“We don’t know what to ex- pect other than they’ll be com­pet­i­tive.

“To be pre­pared is the only way we can go, so we’re re­hears­ing our set pieces be­cause we could win from a free-kick or a cor­ner.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t mat­ter how you win.”

The FFA Cup tie will kick­off at 6.30pm on Satur­day.

WFC’s MCL and re­serves team have games at 2pm and 4pm, re­spec­tively.

GAME-CHANGER: With Lathan Dunn you're never sure what he's go­ing to do. He brings an el­e­ment of sur­prise to Whit­sun­day's attack and he will beat you if you're not con­cen­trat­ing. The young star loves noth­ing more than scor­ing a goal, and won't hes­i­tate to pull the trig­ger if he's in range.

MATCH-WIN­NER: Lo­gan Cross plays down the wings and uses his blis­ter­ing pace to beat play­ers down the line. Cross has very good skills on the ball and en­joys turn­ing de­fend­ers insideout. He is a huge threat down the left-hand side.

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