Players from Northern Territory club, Darwin Olympic, whooped with delight when they drew FFA Cup holders Adelaide United, saying they'll go into the game under no pressure.
Olympic are the first side from the Territory to reach the round of 32, after they accounted for Alice Springs’ outfit Celtic FC 5-0. They will face the Reds next on home turf in Darwin.
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Wayne Bodkin, Olympic assistant coach, said the match-up is a huge moment for his club.
“We did say we didn't want an A-League team but now we have them the boys are pumped for the game and we have home crowd advantage,” he told FourFourTwo.
“It's going to be a very special day for all involved. Look, anything can happen on the day as we have already said, so we will go away now and do some extra work specific to them and the way we want the lads to play against them and then just enjoy the moment.
“I suppose the beauty about pulling an A-League team is that there is no pressure on the lads, they can just go out and enjoy the occasion, play to their strengths, give 100% and you just never know what might happen.”
Bodkin is hopeful the Cup game will pull a big crowd and Olympic will draw support from all of Northern Territory football.
“I think we will mate, I played in a charity event the day after the final and so many people from the NT football community wished us luck in the next round,” he said.
“Guys from all of the other Darwin clubs were there and it was great to have them show their support for us. We will be doing our best for them and to hopefully show FFA that the NT's inclusion in the 32 should continue.”
An amateur side, Olympic reached the round of 32 after thrashing Celtic FC 5-0 last Saturday.
“It was a great occasion, we had a game plan and the boys executed it perfectly,” Bodkin said.
“Take nothing away from Celtic though, they had their chances and pressed our boys right to the end.
“We had the first and last 10 of the first half I think with Celtic playing strong in between. The second half was a lot closer though and we were glad that Michael snatched one at the end.”
Darwin Olympic have been on a high after making history as the first NT club to go this far in the FFA Cup.
“It’s amazing, we celebrated like we had won the thing,” Bodkin laughed.
“We sang the song twice, once on the field and once back in the change rooms with some of our supporters. It was awesome.
“We have some very loyal and dedicated supporters who not only support us but also do a lot of work with the juniors and behind the scenes so it was great to do it for them.”comments