Gwelup Croatia are hoping a win over Armadale in Saturday’s Belt Up Cup Final at Dorrien Gardens will aid in preparations for their 2018 FFA Cup clash against Adelaide Comets.
The State League Division One leaders, who were a Sunday amateur side just two years ago, defeated three National Premier Leagues sides to get to their first cup final.
Captain James Summat wants to get as much preparation as possible before his side takes on the Comets at the same venue on July 25.
“It’s a massive game this weekend and we’re in it because we’ve worked hard this year,” he said.
“We’ve got a young squad so we have a lot of depth. All the boys are on the same page working hard.
“It will be good to have a couple of run-outs at Dorrien Gardens and get to know the pitch facing quality opposition, so that when Adelaide come over hopefully we’ll be firing on all cylinders.”
Armadale, who will also make their first appearance in a cup final on Saturday, are coming off a 5-1 thumping of Balcatta and a 4-1 victory over Bayswater in the NPL competition.
Captain Billy Quinncroft said those wins have ensured the team is confident.
“We’re flying as a unit so I think we’ve prepared as much as we can and we’re ready to go,” he said.
“We used the games against Balcatta and Bayswater to see how we go and to prepare for the cup final.
“We’ve got a young group so I’ll be telling them to stay relaxed and try to work like a unit as always to get the job done.”
Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm. It will be preceded by the Under 18 final between Perth SC and Bayswater City at 10am and the Reserve final between Sorrento and Perth Glory at 12:15pm.
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