Match Preview: An Easter weekend double-header in store for UWA

UWA's SQUAD DEPTH WILL BE TESTED THIS WEEKEND - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUG

UWA's SQUAD DEPTH WILL BE TESTED THIS WEEKEND - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUG

It's another massive weekend of football for Michael Janssen's troops, with the lads taking on newly promoted Fremantle City at Hilton Park on Saturday, followed by a quick visit to local rivals Subiaco for Round 4 of the FFA Cup on Monday.

The two fixtures present a great opportunity for the young side to build on their solid opening round result against Dianella.

Captain, and scorer of Uni's first league goal of the season, Josh Marocchi, is predicting a tricky Round 2 encounter against the last year's Div 2 Champions.

"I expect a very passionate, physical and determined Fremantle side," the skipper explained.

"They won the league (Div 2) comfortably last year and I'm sure they've added some reinforcements for the new season," he added.

Marocchi has urged his players to learn from last week and take more care in certain areas of the pitch.

"I want the boys to focus on keeping more possession this week because I believe if we control the game in midfield we will win," the defender said.

"Defensively we need to be weary of set-pieces and ensure we are switched on at all times."

UWA have been boosted this week by the signing of Luke Randazzo, who has joined the club from NPL side Inglewood United.

"Luke brings a tireless work ethic with him," Marocchi said.

"He's got great technical ability and is someone who will drive the squad forward,

"Luke has a knack for finding goals and makes life difficult for opposition defenders... I believe he can play in a wide midfield role, however, would not be out of place centrally as well," the number five insisted. 

CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

While some may dread two testing match-up's in three days, the Captain is relishing the occasion.

"I believe the two games this weekend gives us the chance to test our improved squad depth and allows all players the opportunity to contribute,

"With competition in the squad at an all-time high, it's vital when we take the field that we put our best foot forward," he added.

The centre-back is also visibly buzzing to take on Subiaco in the Western Suburbs derby in what should be a fierce Cup tie at Rosalie Park.

"Anytime we get to play a local rival is an awesome opportunity to get the wood over them,

"I think we have an excellent chance to cause an FFA Cup shock by beating the more fancied NPL side,

"The boys will be up for this encounter, but our focus must be on Fremantle first " Marocchi admitted.

Marocchi firmly believes a win against Subi will really set up the club's season and put fear amongst the rest of the league."UWANFC want to be the best team in the Western suburbs and beating Subiaco will be another step in the right direction,

"If we get the win at Rosalie, there may be a few children born nine months later," the captain jokingly remarked.

MATCH DETAILS:

Saturday, 15th April - Round 2: Fremantle City v UWANFC @ Hilton Reserve, 3PM

Monday, 17th April - FFA Cup 4th Round - Subiaco AFC v UWANFC @ Rosalie Park, 3PM

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