McGowan Primed For Phoenix FFA Cup Test

Aug 07, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers defender Michael McGowan is drawing on previous experience as he and his teammates plot their biggest ever scalp in the FFA Cup.

Brisbane Strikers host Hyundai A-League club Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday night at Perry Park in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

The match marks just the second time Brisbane Strikers have lined up against an Hyundai A-League opponent in the competition – previously hosting a Tim Cahill led Melbourne City in 2016.

For many in the Brisbane Strikers’ young squad the match also marks their first ever competitive match against a fully professional club – but not for the 31-year old McGOwan.

The Scottish-born defender was part of the Redlands United side that eliminated defending Hyundai A-League Champions Adelaide United in 2015, also at Perry Park.

He says while this match will feature markedly different teams to that night, there is still plenty to take from that night’s dramatic extra-time result.

“There was a fair bit of luck on our side that night for Redlands against Adelaide,” McGowan explained.

“We really just parked the bus and stayed in it and then we were fortunate with the way the goal was scored late on and in extra time.”

“It would great to be able to do it again with Brisbane Strikers but this is a different team and it is not our style as a club to sit back.”

“We will give it a proper go on Wednesday night in front of a good home crowd that will be cheering us on.”

Brisbane Strikers come into the match in strong form – scoring 16 goals in their past two matches in the league and scoring 22 goals in four previous FFA Cup ties this year.

McGowan said spirits are high in the team and dismissed any suggestion the team could be overawed by the occasion.

“It’s great to come into the game on the back of a good results and with everyone available to play,” he said.

“When you are trying to close the gap against a professional team then you rely relying on everyone being at their best on the night.”

“We have loads of good, young players and they will all be working hard but I also hope they enjoy the experience and make the most of it.”

Remaining coy about the exact path to unsettling Wellington Phoenix, McGowan said the team is unified in their purpose on Wednesday night.

“Everyone wants to be a cup hero and I think it is exciting for everyone at the club to see who will step up,” he concluded.

The match marks the first time Brisbane Strikers have tackled Wellington Phoenix in a competitive fixture.

MATCH DETAILS

FFA Cup 2019
Round of 32

Brisbane Strikers v Wellington Phoenix
Wednesday, August 7 @ 7:30PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Entry – $10 Adults, $5 Child (5-14) & Concessions

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