In-form Wolves sniff FFA Cup berth

Coach Nahuel Arrarte's South Coast Wolves have form on their side for Wednesday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
Coach Nahuel Arrarte's South Coast Wolves have form on their side for Wednesday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN


Undefeated in their past four, the South Coast will take season-best form into Wednesday's huge Waratah Cup match with Parramatta FC.

The Wolves travel to Melita Stadium for their quarter-final with a spot in the inaugural FFA Cup up for grabs.

While the fixture isn't their only opportunity to make the draw, a win would see the club's seeding improve when the competition draw is made later this year.

They'll go in as favourites to seal automatic qualification with Parramatta competing in the division below them in the NSW Premier League division two.

"We shouldn't fear them but at the same time we should show them respect. I feel we have got the squad to get it done," Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte said.

"They have got a few players who have played in the NSW Premier League and a few guys who played for Marconi when I was there.

"All in all they have got a relatively young squad and a decent squad."

Parramatta have scored convincing back-to-back wins to make the Cup quarter-finals, while the South Coast have seen their run coincide with a Premier League revival.

Arrarte believes their rich vein of form can continue on Wednesday.

"It is good to see the boys every week are understanding more and more what we are asking of them and going into games knowing we can win. Believing in ourselves," he said.

"We have a short turnaround with Wednesday's game in the Cup, so we need to make sure everyone looks after themselves physically and are ready to go."

The Wolves have been given four days to recover from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Marconi when Ricky Zucco's first-half strike was cancelled out by a 57th-minute equaliser to Milorad Simonovic at Marconi Stadium.

"It was a good result away from home. We defended quite well," Arrarte said.

"Getting a draw being away from home against a team above us is always handy and it keeps our momentum of not losing, which is important.

"We would have liked to keep the ball a lot more but overall I was very proud of them."

Despite the good run of results, South Coast are still in a dogfight at the bottom of the competition, with only goal difference separating them from last spot.

They currently sit level on eight competition points with Manly United and St George.


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