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Australian Football: Mariners out to defy the odds

Central Coast Mariners captain Oliver Bozanic says his side are underdogs heading into the FFA Cup Final but have what it takes to beat Melbourne Victory.

The Mariners are priced at 6/5 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season but for now all their focus is on winning the FFA Cup for the first time in their history.

Against all odds

The Mariners are not impressed with the way one or two things have gone against them in the lead up to the final that will be played at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Their home ground in Gosford was snubbed as a host venue for the final despite the fact that they qualified 11 days before Victory.

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And then they were told new striker signing James Cummings was not eligible to play in the final as the FA refused to budge.

"It's disappointing, it's bad for football in general," said Central Coast head coach Nick Montgomery. "We're used to it at the Mariners with decisions going against us. But we won't whinge and moan about it."

ACL spot up for grabs

Meanwhile Bozanic also admits the Mariners are the underdogs but they have caused upsets before and are capable of doing so again.

The Mariners are fired up to win their first piece of silverware and may never get a better chance. A win would also seal an Asian Champions League play-off spot so there is some added incentive.

"They (Victory) have four or five times our budget, they're going in as favourites and have had a great start to the season," Bozanic added.

"We're here to do a job and are fully backing our team to go there and put in a great performance and to lift the trophy."

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