Bosnar expecting tough FFA Cup test

Central Coast defender Eddy Bosnar believes the Mariners are in for a tough test when they take on Brisbane’s Olympic FC in the FFA Cup on Tuesday.

The Mariners travel north to face the Queensland National Premier League side in a Cup clash on September 16 at Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre.

Olympic FC, which finished third on the Queensland NPL ladder, lost the competition’s grand final 3-2 last Friday.

The club had led early in the grand final after a goal from Tim Smits, before two Chris Lucas goals put Palm Beach ahead and a strike by Jack Boxall sealed the win for the Gold Coast side.

Bosnar will not be underestimating Olympic FC.

“We are expecting a tough game as it’s an away game,” he said. “Also anything can happen in the FFA Cup as we have seen in previous matches.”

The Mariners qualified for the round of 16 after defeating South Coast Wolves 1-0.

Bosnar, who played for several clubs in the National Soccer League, is a big fan of the FFA Cup.

He will also be in the stands to see his former side Sydney United 58 take on A-League outfit Sydney FC on September 23.

“It’s the best thing the FFA Cup could have done,” Bosnar said. “Congrats to all involved, I think it has already grown the game.

"Can you imagine the atmosphere at the Croatian Sports Centre when Sydney United 58 play Sydney FC? I can’t wait.”

Central Coast remains undefeated in pre-season after drawing 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar on Thursday and 1-1 with Melbourne City in Lismore.

“The game against the Roar was a good hit-out for us,” Bosnar said. “We have been training hard so it was a good to play well.”

The 34-year old said the Mariners have enjoyed a solid pre-season and belief is high in the camp ahead of the new A-League campaign.

“The new players are fitting in well,” Bosnar said. “I have to say that Mitchell Duke have been fantastic in pre-season so far.”