FFA Cup 'start of something special', says Roar boss Fowler


Brisbane Roar coach Robbie Fowler hopes Wednesday's home FFA Cup tie will be the "start of something special" for the club.

The Roar will host the Central Coast Mariners in the FFA Cup round of 16, in Fowler's first competitive home match since the former Liverpool great took the reins in April.

Brisbane defeated A-League champions Sydney FC in the round of 32 and are aiming to reach the competition's quarter-finals for the first time.

"I think we've said from day one the dream was to try and do as well as we can in the Cup," Fowler said on Tuesday.

"We had a fantastic result beating the champions at their place, but we know that this next game will be even tougher because it's the next round, both teams will be giving everything to go through."

The Mariners defeated NPL outfit Maitland in the round of 32 and Fowler said he expected a tough challenge from Alen Stajcic's side.

"It'll be an unbelievably tough game," Fowler said.

"We're the only all A-League tie if you like so both teams will fancy their chances ... it's the makings of a great game, it really is.

"Obviously 'Staj' at Central Coast will have them well-drilled, he'll believe they've got a real chance of progressing - as we do.

"It's a game that we're both trying to win and hopefully the fans come out and witness a great game of football and hopefully a Brisbane win."

Elsewhere, Sydney United will host A-League outfit Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown Stadium.

Victorian NPL side Hume City travels to South Australia to face Adelaide Olympic, while Brisbane Strikers will host Manly United at Perry Park.


Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe, Qld

Adelaide Olympic v Hume City at Valo Football Centre, Angle Park, SA

Brisbane Strikers v Manly United at Perry Park, Bowen Hills, Qld

Sydney United v Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown, NSW

Source AAP