The 'new' Newcastle Jets meet last season's Westfield FFA Cup finalists Perth Glory: two clubs with much to prove so what better way to start the season than with a feel-good win in the FFA Cup.
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Magic Park, Broadmeadow (NSW)
Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)
Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: James Cleal
Fourth Official: Trent Nash
Tickets: Click here for ticketing details
Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now
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Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Cameron WATSON,7.Enver ALIVODIĆ, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 11.Labinot HALITI, 13.LEE Ki-je, 14.Mitch COOPER, 15.Themba MUATA-MARLOW, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Radovan PAVICEVIC, 18.Josh BARRESI, 19.Andrew PAWIAK, 20.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 21.Michael KANTAROVSKI, 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.David CARNEY,25.Brandon LUNDY
Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 4.Jacob COLLARD, 5.Anthony GOLEC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Gyorgy SANDOR, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA, 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Joshua RISDON, 20.Nicholas FEELY (gk), 22.Stefan VALENTINI, 22.Slobodan VULIN, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Gian ALBANO
The big reveal for the Jets is this Tuesday night.
After a month of hard work, the FFA Cup fixture is a first step in the club’s rebirth under new owners (FFA), a new coaching team (Scott Miller and JP de Marigny) and a newish squad undertaking a grand community engagement program whilst learning a new system and culture under a new, and first-time senior, A-League coach.
It’s an exciting time to be a Jets supporter.
After a chaotic few years and chronic lack of success, this new era kicks off at Magic Park and the home side will be desperate to show their intent.
How they line-up, approach and play this match will be a fascinating sub-text to this FFA Cup clash as few (apart from a few hundred fans in Armidale who watched an intra-club match last week, won by Jets ‘A’ 1-0) really knows what to expect.
For their opponents, they too are building after the debacle of last season’s salary cap scandal, one which saw them ousted from Finals Football.
However Glory did reach the final of last season’s FFA Cup, losing to the Reds in Adelaide, so there is unfinished business for Kenny Lowe and Co in 2015.
New faces for Perth include defenders Antony Golec and Marc Warren, keeper Ante Covic (a Championship winner with the Jets in 2008 and a current ACL champion) and midfielder Hagi Gligor - a fresh coat of paint with a decidedly NSW hue; however newly signed Spanish marquee striker Diego Castro won’t arrive in time for the trip up the F3.
A low-key build means both sides will be somewhat of a mystery to each other.
But after their respective recent histories both will be absolutely desperate to kick off the season with a win to make an early statement in the FFA Cup Round of 32.
WHAT THEY SAY
Scott Miller (Newcastle Jets coach)
“I said to players the other day there are three key factors we need to consider, winning, performance and momentum for the season. Momentum is a big thing and if we win that match or we put in a performance that warrants winning, I’ll be happy. Importantly upon reviewing the game I want to see the principles and structures we’ve put in place over that last three to four weeks."
Kenny Lowe (Perth Glory coach)
“The (Westfield) FFA Cup will be a little harder this year. We were a little more advanced in our player recruitment last year, and to replace Andy (Keogh) in time for the Newcastle game is a little bit too tough. Our focus is to emulate what we did last season, and go one better if we can.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
· League: Hyundai A-League
· Current ladder position: Bottom of A-League last season
· Latest result: Jets ‘A’ defeated Jets ‘B’ 1-0 in an intra-club match
· Who to watch out for: Labinot Haliti
· League: Hyundai A-League
· Current ladder position: Seventh in the Hyundai A-League last season**
· Latest result: 4-0 win over Inglewood in a friendly
· Who to watch out for: Chris Harold
**adjusted ladder position following salary cap sanctions