After almost four months of pre-season training, friendlies and the annual Night Series, UWANFC finally kicks off season 2017 as they face Quinns FC at Gumblossom Park in Round 3 of the FFA Cup.
The Division 2 side are a familiar face, with Michael Janssen’s side having met Quinns in the group stages of the Night Series. It was to be a thrilling encounter for the western suburbs side as they dispatched this week’s opponents 7-1 on the back of Lloyd Prout’s scintillating hat-trick.
Despite the hefty lack of parity in the pre-season match, Janssen is under no illusion that this weekend’s fixture will be walk in the park.
“They’ve improved their game since the early start in the Night Series competition, he said.
“Their results became better and they are not easy to play now as they are physically strong and are used to their own system,” the head coach added.
UWA succumbed to NPL heavyweights Floreat Athena in Round 5 (WA Round of 16) of the cup last year and Janssen is hoping to improve on that effort in 2017.
“I want us to go as far as possible and use the cup to develop our game,
“We should go from match to match and always strive to progress to the late stages,” he added.
The German noted the match is set to be a gruelling yet enjoyable encounter as the boys travel 45 minutes up West Coast Highway to take on Quinns.
“They will offer a big fight on their ground, we have to be confident in possession and I expect us to be focused and dominant from the first whistle,
“We need to enjoy the 90 minutes and work as a unit to show everyone that comes down to watch us that it is worth coming back next week,” Janssen said.
UWA, led by skipper Joshua Marocchi, kick-off their FFA Cup campaign at 3:00PM at Gumblossom Park.