Lions FC happy to wear underdog tag
The Brisbane Premier League club takes on NPL South Australia's Kings at Elite Systems Football Centre on August 5 in the round of 32.
Lions FC technical director Graham Ross is expecting a tough game.
“I don't think any club who has progressed to this stage is not a quality side and playing away will be a new experience for some of our players,” he told FourFourTwo.
“We know the standard of football in Adelaide is of a very high quality so we will be expecting a good footballing side no doubt. The players are absolutely buzzing and we are all really looking forward to the experience.
“We have avoided an A-League club so anything is now a possibility. We would have to be underdogs playing away to a club playing at a higher level then us but that sits fine with us and you can be assured we will go down there with no fear.”
Ross admits his club knows little about the Kings, who boast former A-League players such as Rocky Visconte and Allan Welsh in their squad.
“No but we will start our homework now and try to be as prepared as possible,” he said.
“Of course any side with quality players is a concern but any team you draw at this stage is going to be quality, so we are not fazed by that. We will take each challenge as it comes.
“We are very clear in our philosophy at Lions and we look to play attractive attacking football so I can confidently say we won't be parking the bus but we will have to defend well and be very disciplined in our structure.”
Lions FC are currently on top of the Brisbane Premier League with 12 wins, three draws and just one loss from 16 matches.
The Queensland side was undefeated all year in the league and cup until they went down 2-0 to Eastern Suburbs.
“We had our first loss two weeks ago and I guess it was the loss we had to have to keep us on our toes,” Ross said.
“We came through a very busy period so were down on regulars for that game so we certainly aren't panicking about it. We bounced back well last weekend so that was pleasing to see the response to the loss.
“I wouldn’t say the confidence took a hit, the players were just disappointed in themselves and it could actually be a positive for our side to know they're not unbeatable and they must turn up to play every week.”