Launceston City travels south to play Glenorchy Knights in their Lakoseljac Cup semi-final on Saturday with an FFA qualifying spot on the line for the Cup champions.
NPL heavweights Olympia Warriors and Hobart Zebras meet in the other semi-final.
Launceston City coach Ben Brookfield said their Southern Championship opposition presented a difficult challenge and his side would approach the contest the same as it would any match against another NPL team.
“Making an FFA qualifying spot is the dream but we just have to go down there and be 100 per cent concentrated and work hard all over the pitch and I’m sure we’lll get a chance in the end but I’d say we will probably go in as underdogs even though we’re from a league above them,” Brookfield said.
“They have the advantage of the home ground and a couple of ex-NPL players who have gone down a league and they get paid a little bit of money to play in that league and it will be a totally different challenge.” City will unfortunately still be without its main goalkeeper in David Smith who will be unavailable for six to eight weeks with a broken hand.
“It will probably be one of the young guys who gets the chance again but at this point he will be the only player unavailable,” Brookfield said.
“We’re hoping we might get a few supporters who make the trip down to cheer us on because that would really help as Glenorchy have a big following so they’ll have a crowd anyway but a few of ours are actually playing on the day and spread out over the state.” Launceston City women’s team will also play a statewide cup semi-final against Taroona.