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All Flags State League Division One side Western Knights will make their first interstate trip as a team when they take on Gold Coast City FC in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.

The Knights, who are the first team from outside WA’s top-tier PS4 NPLWA to progress to this stage of the competition, were noticeably excited when the fixture was drawn at the Perth Glory headquarters today.

Coach Trim Morgan said the opportunity for his team to travel is huge.

“It’s a super draw,” he said. “The boys wanted an away trip, they’re stoked just to be at this stage of the season in this Round of 32.

“An away trip to pit ourselves against another great team is a massive occasion.

“I think our boys will just play their normal game as they always do. I always tell them to prepare themselves mentally and physically and play their normal game.”

Morgan said his team will be well-prepared in the lead up to the match.

“I think we’ve had a number of tough games now in this FFA Cup and I think the boys have got through it really well,” he said.

“I’m hoping that we’ll get an away win, that we play some good football and it puts us into the next round.

“It’s exciting all round and I’m really happy for everyone at the club.”

Sorrento were drawn to play at home against last year’s FFA Cup semi-finalists, Canberra Olympic.

Coach Jamie Harnwell said he was pleased to be drawn a home game.

“To get another member federation club will hopefully give us a better chance of progressing and to be able to have it at home is going to be good for the club,” he said.

“I think we’ll prepare ourselves well. We’ll have to find out as much as we can about them and how they play but it’ll be a good challenge for us and we’re keen to be the first WA member federation side that gets to the round of 16.”

Harnwell said his team will be looking to follow Canberra’s 2016 performance and advance further into the competition.

“It’ll be nice to emulate what Canberra Olympic did last year and get to the semi-finals so we’ll look at the first game and enjoy that and hopefully get through to the next round,” he said.

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe said he was looking forward to this year’s FFA Cup match in Victoria, after his side drew PS4 NPL Victoria side Heidelberg United.

“We wanted an away game because we love to travel at the beginning of the season and we’ve got new players so it gives us an opportunity to bond and get together,” he said.

“Obviously Heidelberg are a good side in their own sphere, so it will be a difficult game for us.

“It’s a Cup game, everybody wants to win Cup games to get through to the next round and Heidelberg will be wanting to win.

“We’ve been to two finals, I guess we know what it takes to progress so that’s what we want to do.”

FFA will determine the fixture dates and times early next week.

For further information visit www.theffacup.com.au.