Martinoski says Reds shouldn't fear anyone


Johnny Martinoski in action for Wollongong United.

Johnny Martinoski in action for Wollongong United.

Wollongong United front man Johnny Martinoski is adamant his Reds' should fear no opponent in this year's finals.

The Bert Bampton Cup champions face off against Premier League powerhouse Dapto Dandaloo Fury on Sunday for the right to meet Bulli in next week's preliminary final.

And while Martinoski concedes the Fury should go into the qualifying final as favourites, he was supremely confident of his own team's ability heading into the business end of the campaign.

"We have got a lot of depth and I think we are the team to beat," Martinoski said.

"We have proven that we can mix it with the boys. We got a good result against Bulli and mixed it with Dapto Dandaloo. I can't see any team that we can't beat so I am very confident."

United's successive third-placed finish came on the back of a more potent year by their strikeforce.

Defending George Naylor medallist Robbie Shields has led the charge with a league-best 26 goals, but has been ably assisted by Martinoski and Brian Montanari via through quality service from the midfield.

Martinoski believes their strike power will again be crucial against the Fury.

"There is a lot of depth in the squad going forward. Our attacking threat is our biggest weapon," he quipped.

United and the Fury produced1-1 draws in their two meetings in the regular season.

The draws ultimately cost Dapto Dandaloo the League Championship crown, after the Fury actually finished the season with fewer losses than eventual winners Bulli.

They'll look to atone this finals series.

"The boys are up for it," Fury defender Ryan Suttle said.

"All the boys have been putting in 100 per cent. We have been training hard all week and working on the front third a little bit more so I think we will give them a real tussle."

The Fury will be coached by Noel Spencer for the final series, after the former A-League veteran took over from Norm Boardman.

Boardman was unable to fulfil his commitments because of his head coaching role with the Western Sydney Wanderers W-League squad.

As a result Spencer had been in control on an interim basis before Sunday's match against United.


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