City pre­pared for Olympic hur­dle

Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean - - SPORT -

BAYSWA­TER City play­ers are gear­ing up for their 2019 FFA Cup round of 32 clash against Olympic FC in Bris­bane this month.

It will be the sec­ond time City has com­peted in the round of 32, af­ter los­ing 2-0 to Mel­bourne Vic­tory at home in 2014.

City won the Na­tional Pre­mier Leagues WA in 2014, 2015 and 2017, while Olympic FC won the in­au­gu­ral NPL Queens­land in 2013 and was runner-up in 2018.

Coach Chris Coyne said the play­ers were look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“We are un­der no il­lu­sion that we are up against a good team in Olympic FC. They have been very con­sis­tent over a num­ber of years and af­ter watch­ing them in quite a few games, I am aware of the risks they pose to us in the next round of the Cup,” he said.

“We will en­joy it but as we have the ex­pe­ri­ence of do­ing it as a club and also from my play­ing days, we will en­sure that the play­ers are pre­pared prop­erly.”

Coyne said the coaches had adapted the team to suit the requiremen­ts of day foot­ball.

“They (play­ers) need to con­cen­trate on cut­ting out silly mis­takes and en­sure that they hold dis­ci­pline within the team struc­ture,” he said.

The two sides will play on July 24 at Perry Park.

Pic­ture: Bo­hdan War­chomij

Gior­dano Colli.

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