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FFA Cup clash to be the spectacle fans have been dreaming of

By Antony Perry - 16 September 2014 3

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As far as occasions go for Tuggeranong United Football Club, few have been – and will be – as monumental as this evening’s round of 16 FFA Cup match against Melbourne Victory.

It’s a clash that pits a minnow against a titan; a relatively unknown local club side (outside of the ACT) taking on a fully-fledged professional franchise with two A-League titles to its name.

That is the beauty of a competition such as the FFA Cup. It provides an opportunity for the amateur game to rub shoulders with the professional realm – even if the moment is only fleeting.

Tuggeranong’s players will tonight be given what may well be a once in a lifetime opportunity, a chance to play against the men whom some identify as their idols.

It will be special for the players no doubt, but the fans, having long advocated for this competition to be established, will cherish the moment too.

Fans of the round ball game in the United Kingdom have long been treated to occasions similar to tonight’s clash. The FA Cup, the competition the FFA Cup is modelled on, regularly serves up battles between a giant and a nonentity.

Such fixtures are celebrated, and often offer some remarkable subplots. The United-Victory clash is no exception.

Tonight’s match will see Carl Valeri, a Socceroo, face the club with which he played a majority of his junior football. It’s likely he will meet former junior teammate and crowd favourite Matt Mensor in the midfield, setting up what will surely be an intriguing battle between the two old friends.

Then there’s the venue, Viking Park. Now home to local rugby union club the Tuggeranong Vikings, the ground on which Viking Park stands was formerly occupied by Wanniassa Enclosed Oval, United’s old home.

What’s a special occasion without a sentimental touch?

Victory will enter the clash as overwhelming favourites, but this is football and in football anything can happen.

The only thing certain is that tonight will be a spectacle the players, the fans and the community will never forget.

Tuggeranong United FC v Melbourne Victory FC

When: Tuesday 16 September
Time: 7.30pm Kick-Off (Gate open 6pm)
Where: Viking Park Erindale
Tickets: Available from Ticketek

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FFA Cup clash to be the spectacle fans have been dreaming of
Juice_Terry 9:23 pm 17 Sep 14

Yep, totally outclassed, but that was always going to be the case. The first two goals were pretty soft – it would’ve been interesting to see if Tuggies would have gained a bit of confidence by keeping it scoreless for a bit longer. Never mind though, I think it was a greatly successful night all round. Big crowd, fabulous experience for the Tuggies players and a chance for Canberra’s football fans to get out and see some A-League stars up close.

astrojax said :

a pretty impressive 5,150 turned up on a chilly tuesday evening to see the local lads given a lesson – they were pretty shell-shocked and ragged in the first 15-20 mins and leaked some soft goals, with victory’s left flanker connor pain being too quick.

but thereafter they increased their resolve and, while victory didn’t really have to lift out of low gear, in truth, showed some glimpses and pressed better as a unit. victory’s maestro, i thought, was gui finkler, who set up a couple of besart’s trick and curled a wonderful free into the top corner to get on the sheet himself.

anyone else enjoy this clash? well done to the tuggers boys for getting this far, and well done canberra football fans to come in numbers and bolster any hopes we might have to secure an a-league side of our own.

astrojax 10:38 am 17 Sep 14

a pretty impressive 5,150 turned up on a chilly tuesday evening to see the local lads given a lesson – they were pretty shell-shocked and ragged in the first 15-20 mins and leaked some soft goals, with victory’s left flanker connor pain being too quick.

but thereafter they increased their resolve and, while victory didn’t really have to lift out of low gear, in truth, showed some glimpses and pressed better as a unit. victory’s maestro, i thought, was gui finkler, who set up a couple of besart’s trick and curled a wonderful free into the top corner to get on the sheet himself.

anyone else enjoy this clash? well done to the tuggers boys for getting this far, and well done canberra football fans to come in numbers and bolster any hopes we might have to secure an a-league side of our own.

astrojax 2:03 pm 16 Sep 14

see ya there! 🙂

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