KSS Jets happy to ignore Sunshine Coast Fire threat
A DATE with Queensland State League's Sunshine Coast Fire awaits the winner of today's Football Federation Cup fixture in Hervey Bay, but don't ask KSS Jets mentor Phil Rimmer about that sizable challenge.
"I've had no thoughts about going through and playing the Fire," Rimmer said. "We're just focused on getting through this game."
It is a smart approach from the Jets coach who will lead his charges into arguably their biggest challenge of 2016.
His Wide Bay League side is yet to win this season, conceding four goals per game to sit last, and will host heavyweights United Park Eagles for a place in the FFA Cup's sixth round.
UPE, led by striker Brendan Davis (below), are third in the Wide Bay League, and beat United Warriors 5-2 in the fourth round.
"It's going to be tough, we know that, but we're determined," Rimmer said.
"We just want to keep putting in improved performances every week (of the season).
"This is the first time we've played in the FFA Cup so it should be pretty good."
The Jets will boast one of their strongest squads of the year, with only Jeremy Gould (wrist) unavailable.
UPE coach Joel Jamieson said he was focussed only on discarding the Jets, and his troops would be full of confidence given they beat KSS 5-2 at the same venue in March.
The Eagles contributed several players to Bundaberg's Inter City Cup side, and Jamieson said those players would be assessed before the game.
"There will be a couple of players with a few minutes in their legs this weekend.
"I have Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C ready to go just in case but I feel I've got the right chemistry for the match."
Kick-off is at 3pm.