After bouncing back with a goal in his first game since falling to a knee injury in February, Tommy Oar insists that the hardworking, tight knit squad that is forming on the Central Coast is approaching the FFA Cup with full focus.
In a long pre-season, the competitive nature of the FFA Cup offers Alen Stajcic the opportunity to show fans the first glimpse of his new-look Mariners squad.
Speaking with ccmariners.com.au, Oar says that a 5-0 pre-season win counts for nothing and the Yellow & Navy’s full focus remains on their Cup clash with Maitland FC on Wednesday July 31.
A clash that they will not be taking lightly.
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) July 26, 2019
Positives you take from 5-0 win over Charlestown…
“It was a good hit out from the boys. I think we kept the intensity quite high the whole match which was pleasing. Often in these games when you go up a few goals it’s easy to take your foot off the pedal. But we’ve got full focus on next week, so it was a good hit out ahead of that.
“For us it’s about building fitness and cohesion. We have a big game next week so it’s about understanding what the coach wants before then. It’s a great hit out but for us it counts for very little so we will keep working hard on the training paddock to prepare for next week.
Importance of the FFA Cup…
“You can play as many friendly games as you like but competitive games are very different. It’s a long pre-season and we want to progress in the Cup which is why we’re putting all of our focus into next week and there will be no excuses.
Tommy’s return from injury…
“That was my first hit out, outside of training since I was injured earlier this year. For me, it’s really pleasing to be back out on the pitch. I’m just working on my fitness now and making sure I’m ready to help the team next week and going forward.
.@TommyOar10 marked his return from injury with a stunning strike from distance ? His first game since February.
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) July 23, 2019
“We’ve been working really hard and you can already tell it’s a really tight bunch of boys. We have some great young players coming through and a lot of leaders – both who have been at the club and new ones as well. It’s a really good blend that will hold us in good stead, Oar said.
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
FFA Cup 2019 Round of 32
Match: Maitland Football Club vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Maitland Sports Ground, Maitland
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEST)
Tickets: CLICK HERE
TV Broadcast: The match will be live streamed via foxsports.com.au
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