Re­play to fix fi­nal fi­asco

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Tim Ed­munds

The Great South­ern Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion’s long-winded Fed­er­a­tion Cup fi­nal fi­asco will be re­solved next week, with the fi­nal set to be re­played more than a month af­ter the fix­ture was aban­doned.

The orig­i­nal cup fi­nal was left in dark­ness on Septem­ber 15 af­ter the lights went out dur­ing ex­tra time with the scores locked at 1-1 be­tween Cale­do­nians and Phoenix.

The GSSA an­nounced on Tues­day the cup fi­nal would be re­played next Thurs­day, start­ing at 7pm un­der lights at Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium.

The match was this week sched­uled for the multi-pur­pose ground be­hind the PCYC but was moved to Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium only hours later. It was hoped the re­play of the fi­nal would be played in late Septem­ber af­ter GSSA of­fi­cials made the de­ci­sion to re­play the match in full, not just the ex­tra­time pe­riod.

Phoenix player-coach Shan­non Korthuis said his side were keen to fin­ish the sea­son in the best pos­si­ble fash­ion.

“We are just keen to get it over with,” he said.

“There has to be a re­sult and we are very keen to play and we def­i­nitely think we can win.

“The boys had sort of switched off but now we have to play one more game of soc­cer so we are look­ing for­ward to it.

“We are ex­pect­ing a few sup­port­ers to come down so that will be good.”

Cale­do­nians coach Martin Loveridge said while he was con­fi­dent his side could win the re-match, the con­test would have a num­ber of chal­lenges.

“We haven’t played or trained for a month so that’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge, the boys have lost a month of fit­ness,” he said.

“We will get to­gether be­fore and hope­fully all the guys are avail­able.

“If we play the way we can, I’ve got con­fi­dence in the boys they can back it up.”

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