FFA Cup round of 32 preview

FFA Cup round of 32 preview

Posted on September 28, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will be flying the flag for WA football on Wednesday evening when they host South Australia’s cup holders Adelaide Olympic in the FFA Cup round of 32 at Dorrien Gardens. (6.00pm)

The FFA Cup has become the most popular event on the football calendar in recent years, as it pits the A-League sides against state representatives, with many upsets over the years. Over 760 teams entered this season’s competition and we down to the final 32, and the Jacks will be looking to become the second WA NPL side to reach the round of 16.

It’s been a tough three weeks for Kenny Lowe and the players, with their teammate Danny Hodgson still in hospital after an unprovoked attack at the Perth railway station. But they will all be ‘Doing it for Danny’ in Wednesday’s big cup tie, and defender Ryan Lowry said it’s been hard. “As his teammates and a club, we just want Danny to be back healthy,” he explained. “He’s a really popular mate in our squad so were just all behind him and supporting him as much as we can, and a win on Wednesday would be for Danny.”

Lowry, who returned to the Campus from Wellington Phoenix this season, said the players are looking forward to the game, and showing the country what they are made of. “It’s great for ECU to get this kind of exposure at senior level, we’ve always had an exceptional junior set-up, and now we’re seeing the seniors doing well also,” the defender said. “We don’t know too much about the opposition, but we’re just focused on us and looking forward to the game. I’m sure the boys are excited for the game, and it would be nice to progress and test ourselves against a higher level, but we know Adelaide will be right up for the game Wednesday so we can’t look past them.”

Midfielder Declan Hughes also had a glimpse of professional football, playing for Perth Glory in the Asian Champions League games earlier this year, after a stint in Scotland with Ross County. Like Lowry, the midfielder said the news of Danny, hit the squad hard, but he said they need to put that aside for 90 minutes on Wednesday night, but he knows it will be tough. “We have all been hit hard and it’s been really tough few weeks with what’s happened to Danny, and I know that it’s definitely affected everyone who’s involved at ECU and all our support is with Danny and his family,” Hughes explained.

“We need to put the emotion to one side on Wednesday and try get a result that would be huge for the club. I know all the players are really looking forward to this game. I think we’ve got a great chance of winning and progressing through to the last 16. It would be great for the whole club if we progress and face an A-League team. It would be a great challenge for the players and I’m sure we’d all be buzzing if we get that chance, but we have to get past Olympic first, which will be tough game.”

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