It’s been a while since Chopin Park in the Sydney suburb of Plumpton has hosted an opposition name as big as National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s club Sutherland Sharks, with the battle set for an epic Round 5 FFA Cup clash on Wednesday 8th of May.
Once upon a time, the venue was host to high quality opposition in the equivalent of the NPL/NPL2 competitions on a weekly basis but now the ground is the home ground of Western Condors in the State League Men’s competition.
The Condors have a rich history having being founded in the 1980’s, winning multiple tittles along the way but not many nights would be more memorable than what next Wednesday promises to be.
Leading into this one, they have only lost one game so far this season in the league and cup combined surprising many who watch the State League competition along the way.
Behind it all is head coach Barry Zambrano who was eagerly anticipating this exciting round 5 FFA Cup clash but was impressed with how the year has gone thus far for the Condors.
“It’s been a good start to the year.
“I’m very proud of the boys and how we’re going about it at the moment.
“We’ve changed the structure of the team a little bit, brought in new personnel and have a much tighter defence who also have the ability to play with the ball at their feet.”
At the time of typing this article, the Condors just experienced their first loss of the weekend against Hurstville FC.
“If you’re going to lose, going down to a free kick is probably one of the better ways.
“We’re yet to be broken down at the back during games and the boys are keen to bounce back firstly against Nepean FC this weekend then the cup game”.
On the spectacle of the upcoming FFA Cup game Zambrano was keen to stress how big this will be for the club.
“This game is a very big deal for us.
“It’s a big challenge, so we want as many people as possible to come out and cheer as on as well as try some South American food.
“Whilst at the same time, witness hopefully some Condors history with a win against a top tier NPL club.
“The boys are all looking forward to it, over the moon at the prospect of playing an NPL club and they want to prove themselves.
“My job is to keep them level headed.”
Western Condors host the Sutherland Sharks in a 5th Round FFA Cup fixture at Chopin Park on the 8th of May at 7:30pm.
By Justin Smith (@smiththejustin)