Sydney United 58 are relishing a dream draw against the Western Sydney Wanderers in the FFA Cup Round of 16.
In a standout fixture from Wednesday night’s draw, it was confirmed that the two clubs, who share close ties geographically and culturally, will take to the pitch in their first ever competitive meeting.
United 58 locked in their final 16 spot after a breathless 5-3 extra time triumph over St George FC at Ilinden Sports Centre last week.
It took the Wanderers a similarly chaotic extra time period to trump Perth Glory 2-1, and in the process become the final outfit to secure advancement.
With a Quarter Final position at stake, the match is sure to attract immense interest and a healthy crowd is expected.
Patrick Antelmi is eagerly anticipating what will be a magnificent occasion for both sets of players and fans alike.
“These are the games you play in the FFA Cup for,” the United 58 striker said.
“To get one of the big clubs in the A-League and the opportunity to show what we’ve got against them is huge.
“More importantly, playing the Western Sydney Wanderers it is a bit of a derby.
“Not just on the pitch but outside of the match, it will draw a lot of fans.
“I’m sure the Sydney United and Western Sydney Wanderers supporters will bring a lot of atmosphere to the game, and there is even more significance with them being just down the road from each other.”
While they will enter the contest as clear underdogs, Antelmi believes his side has what it takes to spring a monumental ‘cupset’.
“On their day, any team can do a job by staying disciplined and doing the right things.
“We saw Brisbane Strikers win last night (against the Wellington Phoenix), and in previous years have seen other teams produce cup upsets.
“We’ve got plenty of quality in our squad, and on our day we’re just as dangerous.”
By National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Reporter Chris Curulli (Twitter handle @ChrisCurulli)