South Hobart United versus Tuggeranong United
Venue: KGV Park, Glenorchy, Hobart
KO: 7.30pm (AEST)
South Hobart have one of the wiliest and longest serving coaches in the Cup. And Ken Morton believes his side’s experience in last year’s NPL finals series – where they reached the finale only to be beaten by Sydney United – will benefit them on another huge night for the club and Tasmanian football when the side from the capital arrive.
Currently South are runaway leaders atop the Victory League but go in on the back of a 0-0 draw with Hobart Zebras. Watch out for key men Hugh Ludford and striker Brayden Mann.
The ACT outfit are not doing nearly as well in the league but as we know, domestic form usually has little to do with the Cup. And there’s a real togetherness in the Tuggies’ camp - knowing they are underdogs will suit coach Steve Foreshaw and his men as they seek a famous win in Tasmania.
They head to Hobart on the back of a thumping 5-1 win away to Monaro Panthers on the weekend. Matt Menser with a brace for the Tuggies in a morale-boosting win over a young Panthers.
And with ACT product and Socceroo Carl Valeri’s words of encouragement, you shouldn’t write off the team in green and white.