Maher Draws On FFA Cup Atmosphere

Sep 30, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers fullback Chris Maher says he is eagerly anticipating the atmosphere of the first ever FFA Cup Semi Final in Brisbane.

Brisbane Strikers host Hyundai A-League powerhouse Melbourne City in the penultimate stage of the national knock-out competition on Tuesday night at Perry Park.

The match marks the first time a Queensland club has reached the FFA Cup Semi Final in the competition’s six years to date – and the second time Melbourne City have visited Perry Park to face Brisbane Strikers.

Maher, who was part of the squad for that last clash in 2016, said he was again looking forward to a swell of excitement from the stands as kick-off nears.

“The last time we played Melbourne City we had an incredible crowd,” Maher explained.

“To step onto Perry Park and see a packed house – with so many people in a small ground – it was an incredible sight and an incredible sound.”

“Hopefully we get that same kind of support on Tuesday night because this is by far our biggest game of the season yet.”

Maher explained the presence of the fans will be a massive boost for him and his teammates.

“We have plenty of belief in the team all ready but a home crowd is, of course, always a boost.”

“We’ve had all our national stage games at home and the crowd has certainly helped us in all of those.”

“I play near the sideline so I can hear quite a few of the individual comments – there is always some good banter coming out from the die-hard fans near our tunnel.”

Maher added that it is not just the sound of the crowd that will spur the players on after fans have enthusiastically taken to the club’s new range of FFA Cup supporter apparel, through partner Gorilla Sports.

“To see the club colours in the crowd and the player names on the shirts is a bit surreal for a lot of us,” he explained.

“It is just another thing that helps inspire the boys to find that little bit extra when needed in these games.”

Maher went on to compare the sights and sounds of the FFA Cup at Perry Park reminded him of a visit to the venue as a child to watch the National Soccer League.

“I was quite young but I remember as a kid coming to a full Perry Park for an NSL game and it is similar with the noise and all the people.”

“Like those teams back then we are looking forward to playing our football and representing the city of Brisbane on a big stage like this with pride,” he concluded.

Brisbane Strikers anticipate their biggest crowd of the FFA Cup campaign to date with pre-sale tickets already surpassing previous attendances.

The last clash between Brisbane Strikers and Melbourne City in 2016 was a sell-out.

Match Details

FFA Cup 2019 Semi Final

Brisbane Strikers v Melbourne City FC
Tuesday, October 1 @ 7:30PM (AEST)
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

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