Raiders prepare for tough battle
IF THIS weekend goes to plan, Urunga will be playing in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32, possibly against a Hyundai A-league team.
It’s going to be a tough weekend, though.
The Raiders first need to overcome Edgeworth at Lake Macquarie today in the Northern NSW quarter-final and, if successful, win a semi-final there tomorrow.
This is not the first time the teams have met in an important match. Raiders and Edgeworth faced off in the Northern NSW State Cup final in 2013.
On that occasion the encounter finished in a one-all draw before the Eagles claimed victory after a lengthy penalty shoot-out.
Urunga coach Peter Snow knows the Raiders have a challenge simply to win one match against the semi- professional Edgeworth, let alone two against exalted company in one weekend.
“Anyone in Newcastle would be hard to beat, but (Edgeworth) will be especially hard,” Snow said.
Not that the Raiders are going in blind. A few team members have recent experience in the Newcastle competition and have given opinion on what to expect.
Also, most of the Eagles’ matches this season can be viewed online – something Snow and the Urunga players have taken advantage of.
The coach knows Urunga is the underdog but he’s not taking any notice.
“We’re not going down there expecting to lose.
“We’re going down there to give it our best shot and see what happens,” he said.
“It’s Cup football so anything can happen.”