United hope to defend title

Wollongong United coach Oliver Vrtkovski is hopeful his squad’s desire to defend their preseason Fraternity Cup title remains intact ahead of their rescheduled encounter with Corrimal Rangers on Easter Monday. 

FIGHT FOR SILVERWARE: Wollongong United's Angelo Hajitoffi will play his part in his club's Fraternity Club Cup final match against Corrimal Rangers. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

FIGHT FOR SILVERWARE: Wollongong United's Angelo Hajitoffi will play his part in his club's Fraternity Club Cup final match against Corrimal Rangers. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A torrid month of wet weather forced the Cup clash to be moved more than a month after the club’s played their semi-finals matches.

The two teams will now battle it out for the competition’s first piece of silverware at Memorial Park.

“I suppose the wind is out of the sails slightly because it has been so far between when the competition was being played so I just hope our boys can step up to get some silverware for us,” Vrtkovski said.

“Winning it last year, it would be great to go back-to-back.”

United were too good for Kemblawarra Fury in last year’s decider, but face a much different opponent to the IPL heavyweight this time around.

Rangers were promoted to the IPL for this season and will looking to snatch their first trophy back in the top flight against a high-quality United outfit. 

“They have started the year quite well and any team that can make a grand final with all their rival clubs in the competition, you can’t take them lightly,” Vrtkovski said.

“Any team coached by John Fleming you can’t take lightly.

“John loves playing real counterattacking football so we have to be mindful of that.”

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