Sydney FC signings Brandon O’Neill and Matt Simon out for revenge in FFA Cup clash with Adelaide United

August 25, 2015 – 6:18PM

Angelo Risso

New season, new club: Matt Simon will call Sydney FC home this season.

New season, new club: Matt Simon will call Sydney FC home this season. Photo: Getty Images

Sydney FC new boys Brandon O’Neill and Matt Simon admit revenge will be on their minds when the Sky Blues tackle defending champions Adelaide United in Wednesday’s FFA Cup last-16 tie.

O’Neill was part of the Perth Glory squad that fell to the Reds in last year’s inaugural final, while ex-Central Coast Mariner Simon was eliminated by Adelaide at the semi-final stage.

Sydney also have grievances of their own, controversially knocked out by Adelaide in the quarter-finals.

The 21-year-old O’Neill said last year’s losses would be a motivating factor for both the club and himself.

“Last year, being a part of the final was a great experience, and losing was hard to take in the final, like any final,” he said.

“So revenge is definitely on our minds. We’re in this to win it, there’s no point being in a cup competition and not trying to go all the way.”

Simon echoed his new teammate’s thoughts.

“Getting knocked out in the semi-final was quite disappointing, being one step away from the final,” said the 29-year-old.

“But this year is a new year, and our team is looking really good.”

Both sides are in the midst of preseason preparations as they gear up for Wednesday’s game, with Sydney FC jetting off to Adelaide on the back of camps in Canberra and the Gold Coast.

They’ll also take in Townsville and Tasmania before the A-League season arrives.”Obviously being in that camp environment, it’s really good for the boys to be together,” said Simon.

“The games are coming thick and fast now and there’s nothing better for players than to be playing games at this time of the year.

“I don’t think we’re 100 per cent yet … there’s still a few sessions to get into the legs yet.”

New signings Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic may also make their debuts for the Sky Blues as they fight to convince coach Graham Arnold of their match fitness.

Simon said the club’s new attacking threats had impressed in training and would be an asset to the side.

“Those boys have come in a little bit later than everyone else, but they’re looking really good in training, looking like really good players.

“The boys really like having them around.”

In other FFA Cup fixtures this week, there’ll be another all-A-League encounter between Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park, while Heidelberg United will take on Sydney United 58 and Brisbane-based Lions FC will look to upset A-League side Perth Glory.


The Canberra Times

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