Tuggeranong draw South Hobart in FFA Cup first round

Tuggeranong draw South Hobart in FFA Cup first round

Tuggeranong United coach Steve Forshaw says the Football Federation Australia Cup will give local players a rare chance to ''chase the dream'' and put themselves on the A-League radar.

United drew South Hobart on Friday in the first round of the inaugural 32-team knockout competition , which will be played in Tasmania at a date to be announced on Monday.

All 10 A-League clubs feature in the draw, which has been created so at least one semi-professional or amateur club makes the final four.

A Canberra A-League franchise seems years away at best from coming to fruition, and Forshaw said the FFA Cup is an opportunity for players to press for higher honours.

"There will be some players playing in the NPL [National Premier League] which will be picked up by A-League clubs because of this competition," Forshaw said. "I'm absolutely certain of that because there's some good players.


"The fact some games are televised gives you publicity.

"At the moment if you're a decent footballer or young player in Canberra or Hobart where we don't have A-League representation, you have to leave if you want to play at a high level.

"The FFA may bring some notice to a player, rather than a player having to chase the dream.''

Tuggeranong qualified for the FFA Cup by winning Capital Football's Federation Cup title last year.

A clash with an A-League club is a possibility if it beats South Hobart.

"If we had drawn one of the A-League teams our expectations would have been a lot lower, so we're approaching the game with a very positive frame of mind,'' Forshaw said.

"The fact that it's away from home adds to the mystique and brings a bit of the romance cups have.

"We don't know a lot about South Hobart, and they'll be in the same boat with us.''

Tuggeranong's immediate focus is Sunday's crucial home clash with Canberra FC at Kambah, which could have a major bearing on its top four hopes.

It is level with Canbera Olympic (15 points) in fourth spot, four points behind Canberra FC.


Sunday: Tuggeranong v Canberra at Kambah; FFA Centre of Excellence v Belconnen United at AIS Grass Fields; Woden Valley v Canberra City at Kaleen Enclosed Oval; Monaro v Canberra Olympic at Riverside Stadium (all games 3pm).