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City, Mariners prepare for FFA Cup tests

  • City, Mariners prepare for FFA Cup tests

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: John Van't Schip of Melbourne City looks on after the A-League Semi Final match between Adelaide United and Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium on April 22, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

A-League clubs resume competitive football on Tuesday in the FFA Cup and they're promising to be just that - competitive.

Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners have Cup round of 32 banana peels to step over in the form of grassroots clubs, while Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix face each other in Sydney's Campbelltown.

City, which faces WA National Premier League side Floreat Athena in Perth, know the dangers of playing a hungry lower league side.

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It took a 94th minute Aaron Mooy goal against Edgeworth Eagles to send City through to the round of 16 last year, and coach John van 't Schip wants a more straight-forward success on Tuesday night.

"They will give everything they have. We have to be focussed on our own game and game plan," he said.

"We're more than pleased with this competition and we want to get further. It's must win."

Corey Gameiro (knee) and new signing Neil Kilkenny (foot) are absences for City.

Van 't Schip said Kilkenny would resume training later this week after the minor issue.

The Mariners' trip to Green Gully, in Melbourne's north-west, is a danger game and Central Coast captain Nick Montgomery knows it.

"They will be strong and we're preparing for a battle," he told the club's website.

"If you go there with the wrong attitude in one of these games you're going to get turned over and that's something we can't afford to do.

"Were chomping at the bit for this game. Its a competitive game early in our pre-season and were delighted to be preparing for it."

Adelaide's Metrostars host Victorian club Bentleigh Greens - both clubs that have progressed from this FFA Cup stage previously - clash in Tuesday's fourth match.

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