Lismore Thistles (blue) in a recent game against Byron Bay. Thistles face Suffolk Park tonight in a FFA Cup clash.
Lismore Thistles (blue) in a recent game against Byron Bay. Thistles face Suffolk Park tonight in a FFA Cup clash. Greg Meek

Thistles face the unknown in FFA Cup clash tonight

LISMORE Thistles will need to be wary of the threat posed by an unpredictable Suffolk Park outfit when they meet in the second round of the FFA Cup tonight.

Thistles have the home advantage for the 7pm kick off, and while their premier league status will see them start as obvious favourites against their first division opponents, coach Craig Kennedy remains cautious.

“There’s no pressure on them, we’re the ones expected to win and we can’t afford to take them lightly,” Kennedy said.

“We’ll be aiming at a big start to hopefully take an early lead, we don’t want to give them a sniff.”

With that in mind, Kennedy will field a full strength squad and stick with their attacking 4-3-3 format for the first clash between the two clubs.

While Suffolk Park is still a young club founded just four years ago, they won the first division grand final against Italo Stars last year and eliminated an experienced Ballina lineup in their first Cup game.

Known as the Phoenix, Suffolk Park has a strong South American influence under Chilean coach Christian Evans, with players from a dozen different nations.

Capable of playing with flair and producing the unexpected, the Phoenix are a club on the rise and present a potential banana skin to the Blues progression in the nation-wide tournament.

The winner will go on to meet Bangalow in the third round of the Cup, with the winner of that game representing the region against the best side from the Coffs Harbour association on May 14.

A win there would see progression to a clash against a Newcastle based club.



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