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Coca-Cola Federation Cup Semi-Finals - Preview
Both Para Hills and Adelaide City are confident they will progress to the Coca-Cola Federation Cup Final as they prepare to do battle in the First Semi at Burton Park on Saturday.
Devine Premier League leaders Para Hills toppled Devine Super League opponent Adelaide Blue Eagles in the Quarter-Finals and returned to the winners list last weekend against Pirates following back-to-back draws.
Despite the championship being their main focus, coach Simon Catanzaro stresses the Knights crave to reach the Final.
“We’ve had a tough few weeks and our young squad is coming to terms with the rigours of a long season,” said the triple Segio Melta Medal winner.
“We won’t look back too much on Blue Eagles in relation to this contest. I’m confident if we structure well and play like we know we can then we’ll go far.”
“While the league is our main priority we want to go to Hindmarsh Stadium. To do so we’ll have to overcome a champion team.”
Third-placed Adelaide City claimed a 3-2 victory against Adelaide Comets last week to steer their campaign back on track.
Joel Allwright says while that result was a confidence booster, the black and whites will not underestimate their Devine Premier League opponent.
“The win was a big boost, especially as we converted chances that in recent weeks have gone begging,” he said.
“Para Hills are top, performing well and beat Blue Eagles. So we know it will be a difficult challenge. They are a young and hardworking side. However we are convinced in our own abilities and style. The guys are fired up for this match.”
As MetroStars seek to regain their winning edge, White City is eager for another upset as they meet in the Second Semi-Final.
Having seen their grip on a top five position loosen after three winless games, Metro coach Rick Cerracchio believes the Cup can bring with it a change of fortune.
“We’ve had a thin squad recently and that hasn’t helped our cause,” he said.
“This week we have experienced players returning but despite recent results we always go in confident we can win and the guys know if we play to our best this can happen.”
“White City are not to be taken lightly. They beat Croydon and are a hardworking team with some key players, Lloyd Owusu being one.”
Currently third in the Devine Premier League, White City dropped points last week in a 1-1 draw against Salisbury United.
Coach Robbie Saraceno admits recent performances have been disappointing but his side is capable of securing a place in the Final.
“Last few weeks have been disappointing but now we come to the biggest time of the year. We want to ensure promotion and get to the Final and I’m confident we can,” he said.
“Metro have experienced and very good players so we won’t read much into their recent results. Their senior guys have done it all before.”
“It was great to beat Croydon but this is another challenge. That win won’t mean much if we don’t get past this game.”
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