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Tuggeranong United aims to entertain against Melbourne Victory in FFA Cup

Tuggeranong United won't die wondering in its attempt to attract a ground record crowd to its historic FFA Cup round-of-16 fixture against A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory.

The fairytale match pitting the team of tradies, public servants and university students against a Victory side featuring several internationals will be held at Viking Park on either September 16 or 23.

Tuggeranong United players Sean Kiddey, Tim Stewart and Rowan Forbes Shepherd.
Tuggeranong United players Sean Kiddey, Tim Stewart and Rowan Forbes Shepherd. Photo: Melissa Adams

The draw will be finalised on Wednesday after consultation with Football Federation Australia and broadcaster Fox Sports.

A crowd of 3000 to 4000 is expected to attend the biggest game in Tuggeranong United's history, while it will also pit Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri against his junior club.

Tuggeranong coach Steve Forshaw is intent on putting on a spectacle to ensure they get close to the Viking Park ground record of 4500 spectators, set at a Super Rugby pre-season game between the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs.

"I think people are expecting us to go out and have a go, and that's what we should do," Forshaw said.

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"Those people are entitled to a form of entertainment that isn't dour, that doesn't leave them wondering if Tuggeranong might have done better.

"We'll leave everything on the park and just say we gave it our best shot.

"No matter what the result, people will be clapping us when we come off."

Tuggeranong's next challenge is organising matches to fill the gulf between the end of its Capital Football National Premier League season and the FFA Cup.

Forshaw will look to set up fixtures against teams from the second-tier Capital League to ensure his side stays match fit.

"We'll go into a fairly intense training schedule over the next fortnight," Forshaw said.

"We'll organise a few mid-week friendlies against teams that might be available.

"We did everything right when we went to Hobart with our preparation, and we need to do that again."

Tuggeranong finished in sixth place on the NPL ladder after a 4-3 loss to the FFA Centre of Excellence on Sunday.

Forshaw gave a number of younger players a chance while resting several of his regulars to ensure they didn't get suspended.

His next challenge is taking on a Victory side featuring Socceroos stars Valeri and Mark Milligan, veteran striker Archie Thompson and A-League championship winner Besart Berisha.

"The biggest clubs in the world have got to be careful they don't tread on banana skins, they can all slip over," Forshaw said.

"We don't underestimate the size of the challenge by any stretch of the imagination, but my goodness we're looking forward to it."