ALBURY United star Mitch Jones says the club wants to send master coach Scott Kidd out with a seventh cup win.
Kidd, who has won an incredible six cups and eight league titles, revealed this week he was retiring from the position he has held since 1996, meaning, at best, he has two games left in charge after 17 years.
Jones said the Greens, who travel to Wangaratta to face St Patrick’s in a cut-throat semi-final tomorrow, were dedicating the rest of their season to Kidd.
“You can’t get much more motivation,” Jones said yesterday.
“A lot of the guys have only had Scott as their coach.
“For him to be leaving at the end of the year … the boys will be well and truly pumped up for the big fellow.
“We’ll use that as motivation but at the same time we’ve got to focus on St Pat’s.”
While most tipsters are predicting United to move into their second straight cup final — they lost last year’s decider 3-2 in an extra time thriller to Wodonga Diamonds — Jones is wary of a Patties outfit the Greens haven’t beaten this season.
St Patrick’s shocked the soccer world with a 4-0 thumping of United in round 1, with Matt Turner and Andy Stevens scoring doubles at Alexandra Park
In the corresponding fixture in round 19, Turner and Stevens scored again, but their goals were cancelled out by Josh Mulcahy and Elliot Jones in a 2-2 draw at Jelbart Park.
While he doesn’t expect the match to go to penalties, Jones believes just one goal will separate the sides.
“They’ve played quite well against us this year,” he said.
“We had our pants pulled down against them in round 1.
“I think we were just slow out of the blocks.
“It’s just our inconsistency that has let us down where as in previous years that’s what we’ve hung our hat on.
“We’ve beaten Diamonds twice and then lose to teams that are lower than us.
“We think our best football is as good as anyone in the comp.”
Patties could pull a surprise by playing midfielder Phil Torbett, despite having moved interstate, while the Greens are expected to have their best side available.
Jones said United wasn’t worrying about the opposition.
“We are just going to concentrate on ourselves,” he said.
“We won our first final and are confident we are coming into some form.
“I’m a strong believer that you’ve got to beat the entire team, not just one or two players.
“They’ve got quality.
“But we’ve been there before and there’s a lot of experience in our group.”
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