Palm Beach Sharks to attack Mariners
The A-League side travel to the Gold Coast on Tuesday to face Queensland’s National Premier League champions.
Palm Beach have beaten South Springvale and Hakoah Sydney to get to the quarter-final stage of the Cup.
Defender Eoghan Murphy told FourFourTwo the Gold Coast-based side won’t be parking the bus against the A-League outfit.
“We've got no fear, our coach has studied their last few games in the FFA Cup and pre-season so we all know our roles,” Murphy said.
“We're definitely not going to sit back. They're definitely beatable if we're all on top of our game and stick to our roles.
“We know what we have to do to win the match and I think we can cause an upset if we stay disciplined throughout the match. It’s vital we take our chances otherwise they will punish us.”
The Mariners had a sluggish start to the A-League season on Saturday but still manged to secure a 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets, courtesy of a late Mitchell Duke goal. New striker Malik Mane also impressed in his first match for the Central Coast.
“To be honest we’re not putting too much emphasis on who will be playing, they will all be of the same quality,” the 19-year-old centre back said. “It willl be a tough task regardless.”
Palm Beach have enjoyed a great run in the FFA Cup and the Football Queensland National Premier League, winning the league and grand final this year.
The Sharks also advanced to the semi-finals of the National Premier League but were knocked out by a solitary goal after a tough battle with NSW club Bonnyrigg.
“The match against Bonnyrigg was a strange one, we were slow out of the blocks and we copped a goal early on,” Murphy said.
“We gave them way too much respect in the first half but in the second we came out guns blazing and dominated to be honest.
“We had a couple of chances where we could of gone level but we just couldn't pull it back in the end.
The slow start cost us but if we were consistent throughout the whole game we may have done them.
“We all felt that if we were on our game that we would've won that match. But no disrespect to Bonnyrigg, they did enough to get the win.”
Despite the defeat Murphy said confidence is high within the Palm Beach squad ahead of the Mariners clash.
“This match will be our last if we don't win so not only do we want to go further in this comp, the added incentive to keep our season going is there as well,” he said.