Why Jets are up for the FFA Cup

 

Royce Brownlie (number 9) glances a free kick home for Jets at Strikers in the Westfield FFA Cup last season.


"It can put you on the footballing map" - Alex

 

NO-ONE in the Moreton Bay United camp knows the Westfield FFA Cup quite like Alex Janovsky.

Twelve months ago the Jets midfielder was part of a Lions team which reached the last 16 before bowing out 1-0 to A-League Perth Glory.

This season he is a key figure for Jets preparing to open its cup campaign at Wolter Park against Capalaba on Wednesday night, kick-off 7.30pm.

“It’s a great competition,” said Janovsky, “it can really put you on the map. It’s an important day on the calendar for us.

“There's always a chance you could be live on Fox Sports and there’s a financial bonus for clubs especially if they get a couple of home games. It’s a big thing in any season.

“Success would be getting in to last 32 Australia-wide, last two in Brisbane, that would be what all the teams are striving for.

We (Jets) won the league and the grand final last year, so that’s what our goal, our main focus should be - and that should be achievable.”

Last season Lions balanced their cup run with a Brisbane Premier League campaign which saw them win the premiership and reach the grand final.

“It is difficult when you are playing more than other teams in the competition and midweek games,” said Janovsky, “you need a deep squad, which we have.

“There’s no real different approach (to the cup). Just perhaps more focus on winning and getting the result as it is a knockout competition, but I’m sure the boys will be up for it.”

Despite facing A-League Perth, it is the previous round, beating Croydon Kings 2-1, which has stuck in Janovsky’s memory

“It was a cold night in Adelaide, which we weren’t used to,” said Janovsky, “we played on an all-weather pitch, unfamiliar for us, but we played well and won. It was a great night with all the boys and the team down there.”