Lions primed to attack FFA Cup
New Noosa coach Ben Amson says he is excited to see what his team can produce in the FFA Cup as a stepping stone for the coming Coast season.
Amson said the first few weeks of pre-season had been positive and knows what a successful cup run can do to a club.
“It’s something every club wants to be a part of and to have a decent run throughout the tournament,” he said.
“Obviously there’s a lot of exposure around it and you get travel around and play some decent teams so were looking forward to the chance.”
The Lions’ first match is against local Brisbane side AC Carina and Amson knows his players will be raring to go come match day.
“It’s just about getting those little things right and making sure we keep our pressure and intensity at a high,” Amson said.
“Just to squeeze the daylight out of the opposition and to go for it when we have the ball.
“All in all, it’s a cup match and we’ve got nothing to lose which is always entertaining.”
After some key players departed the Lions at the end of last season, the premier squad have welcomed in plenty of fresh faces with the majority of them being from last year’s U18’s team.
“Already half a dozen of those players that have come in are already turning heads and opening eyes,” Amson said.
“From both a premier grade and reserve grade perspective, they will have a massive impact this season and, in the years to come.”
The Lions are set to play away in their first-round match up but will host Brisbane Athletic at home if they can beat AC Carina in two weeks’ time.
Other fixtures that will include Sunshine Coast teams in the opening round of the FFA Cup are;
-Beerwah Glasshouse (AWAY) vs Newmarket
-Maroochydore FC (HOME) vs Willowburn FC
-Nambour Yandina United FC (AWAY) vs Springfield United
-Caloundra FC (HOME) vs Coolum FC
-Kawana FC (AWAY) vs West Wanderers FC
-Woombye Snakes FC (AWAY) vs Logan Village Falcons