Brisbane Roar Head Coach Warren Moon welcomed the “dream draw” of an FFA Cup opener against Peninsula Power as he set his sights on winning the tournament.
The Roar will face the NPL Queensland leaders in what’s set to be an extra special Round of 32 tie for Moon, who spent several seasons there as a player and coach.
“It’s exciting,” the Brisbane boss said. “It’s against a team I know a lot about, and a club that has been very supportive of Brisbane Roar in the past 18 months.
“I like the idea that we’re playing in the Redcliffe area as well, so we should get Brisbane Roar fans and Power fans out in force.
“I think it’s a dream draw.”
Despite the bonds forged between the clubs, the Roar won’t be offering any on-field favours to a side that remains unbeaten in the NPL this season.
Moon knows his squad will have to be up for the occasion if they’re to clear the first hurdle in their bid for silverware.
“It’s a tournament and we want to win the tournament,” Moon said. “The attitude has to be spot on. At the moment they’re in our way.
“It’s something to look forward to early in pre-season.
“We’ll be ready to go, we’ll have the boys as fit and prepared as they can be, and we’ll have some younger boys who are doing well in the NPL who will be heavily involved as well.”
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The match will be Brisbane’s first in the FFA Cup since 2019, with the competition having been on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s great to get the FFA Cup going again,” Moon added. “It’s a great platform, not just for players but for coaches too. It’s a great spectacle on a national level.”
Full match details will be confirmed in the near future.