Jesic: Suns can be giant-killers

Brimming with A-League experience and the confidence of a mid-season turnaround, Rockdale City Suns play the biggest game in their club history on Tuesday when they take on the Melbourne Victory for a place in quarter final of the FFA Cup.

Former Newcastle Jets striker and Olyroo, Marko Jesic, believes that his side can emulate the giant- killing feat that Adelaide City accomplished in last season’s Cup campaign when they upset Asian kings Western Sydney Wanderers.

“We are going in there to win the game,” the 26 year old said.

“Obviously the club was stoked in getting to play Melbourne Victory. They are the best team in the country at the moment, when you look at the players they’ve got and the football they play.

“(But) we have a few players – Paul Reid, Dylan Macallister, Ivan Necesvski, Alec Urosevski, Daniel Barac and myself – who’ve got experience at a high level in different ways.

“These FFA Cup games can go either way. Going into the game we are confident in our style of game. It will just come down to what happens on the day, to see if we can compete with Melbourne Victory or not.”

The Rockdale City Suns were founded by Australian Macedonians in 1969. They have been in the NSW Premier League since 2010. The 2013 season was their most successful when they made the Grand Final but lost to Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-0.

The Suns previous FFA Cup encounter was against Perth SC, with the 3-1 score line a fair indication of their superiority in that game.

But Rockdale striker, Jesic, says his team was made to work hard for the win.

“It was our fourth game in 10 days,” he said.

“The first 60 minutes we were pretty much in charge. But the last 25 minutes the game got a little bit out of our control.

“We had a game plan, leading up to it. We knew how they were going to play. We limited them playing out from the back which they liked doing and then that resulted in them playing long balls, which then gave us more possession and allowed us to create more opportunities.”

Photo credit: Loopii and Football NSW 

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Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.