Cobras set to break a 24-year drought
A RESURGENT Casino is on the verge of reaching the Tursa Anzac Cup soccer semi-finals for just the second time, if the Cobras can win their home clash with Alstonville tonight at 8pm.
Last year the Cobras won just three times all season, but this year they have won their first three games in a startling turnaround.
Incoming coach Jason Lines is working with the same group of players, but has instilled new passion and self-belief.
"I've just tried to simplify things and get each player focusing on their own role and trusting the guys around them," Lines said.
Casino has already beaten Alstonville 3-1 in the Northern NSW State Cup a few weeks ago, and a repeat performance tonight would seal their first Cup semi-final berth since 1989.
Lines will be without experienced midfielders Todd Kenny and Kevin Butwell but has confidence in teenage replacements Zac Walker and Ashton Johnson.
"Villa is a strong, well-organised side and we'll have to keep our energy levels high and be patient," Lines said.
Two other games will be played tonight. Cup holders Workers are expected to win their away match against Goonellabah at 8pm and Thistles will be favoured in their home clash with Italo Stars at 6pm.