With a delayed flight meaning the team were only due to arrive back in Sydney on Monday night from their A-League grand final win over Perth Glory, Corica will be forced into sending fringe players and teenagers out as likely cannon fodder for Kawasaki.
Corica joked in his post-match press conference that his first-team players would probably be «drunk» if they were wheeled out to play again.
It’s hard to envisage any of those who were involved in the grand final taking part, other than substitutes Anthony Caceres and Reza Ghoochannejhad, the scorer of the winning penalty in the shootout. Paulo Retre, Daniel De Silva and reserve goalkeeper Alex Cisak — who were not used off the bench — are the only other first-team players likely to be involved from the travelling group.
The rest of the team will be filled out by youth prospects such as Luke Ivanovic, Joel King, Cameron Devlin and Liam McGing, as well as senior players Jacob Tratt and Mitch Austin who did not make the match-day squad in Perth. Everyone else will continue toasting to the club’s fourth championship — including the fans who make the trek out to Kogarah to soak in what will be a bizarrely brilliant night of football.