Relationships tested in rivalry soccer clash

FANS: Channy Donnelly and Danny Avery will support opposing teams in Tuesday night’s FFA Cup clash. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

FANS: Channy Donnelly and Danny Avery will support opposing teams in Tuesday night’s FFA Cup clash. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

RELATIONSHIPS can be difficult at the best of times, but the tensions tends to get turned up a notch when you support different sporting teams.

For Danny Avery and Channy Donnelly, this reality will be brought close to home on Tuesday night when Melbourne City battles with Sydney FC in Ballarat. 

Despite what might make for a tense trip home, the couple says they don’t tend to take it too seriously.

“It is mostly because Melbourne City and Sydney FC, they are not really rivals, they are kind of allies,” Ms Donnelly said. 

The soccer fanatics are already excited for tomorrow night’s big game when the two A-League clubs clash. 

“I’m not sure how to describe it, the game in Ballarat is the two richest teams in Australian football playing in our backyard, it is unreal,” Mr Avery said. 

He urged the Ballarat community to get on board the soccer push in the city, saying he expected a great atmosphere at Morshead Park. 

“Instead of criticising, come along and have a look – see it first-hand,” Mr Avery said.

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