The Newcastle Jets will look to bounce back in Dubbo this weekend after a disappointing end to their FFA Cup campaign on Tuesday night.
The Jets will face off against Sydney FC in an A-League pre-season match at Apex Oval.
Hundreds from across the region are expected to attend, and they'll get to see a Jets side determined to produce a better showing than it did on Tuesday.
The Jets went down 1-0 to Adelaide United in the match, having played the bulk of the contest with 10 men.
Keeper Lewis Italiano was given a straight red card in the 10th minute of the quarter-final after he raced out of the penalty area and clipped the legs of a runaway Nicola Mileusnic, who crashed to the ground.
Referee Daniel Elder correctly ruled that the contact occurred outside the box but the result was a red card.
Italiano's replacement Glen Moss, who was returning after six weeks out with a foot injury, made a series of spectacular saves.
But it was mistake by the experienced keeper which gifted Adelaide rookie Al Hassan Toure the decisive goal in the 42nd minute.
The Jets arrive at Dubbo later this week, and residents will get a chance to be served by the football stars at McDonalds Central on the Saturday morning between 9 and 10am. They'll also be at the Commercial Hotel from 6.30pm that night for fans to celebrate and commiserate.
It's not only the professionals the crowd will be cheering for on Saturday night.
More than 50 players will be drawn from 10 different local clubs to have a chance to run out at half-time.
Jets recruit Abdiel Arroyo may well be among the players the juniors get to rub shoulders with after the Ecuadorian striker proved fit enough to play against Adelaide on Tuesday night.
But one player who almost certainly won't be playing at Dubbo is star signing Wes Hoolahan.
The former Premier League player and Irish international was lost to injury four minutes into the second half after a tangle with Adelaide's Ryan Kitto.
That was one of a number of talking points from the game, which started in cagey fashion but was then turned on its head when Italiano was caught short trying to intercept a through ball.
Left winger Nick Fitzgerald was sacrificed for Moss to come on in goals.
The veteran was straight into action, diving full length to his left to tip Nathan Konstandopoulos' curling freekick around the left post.
Moss produced more sharp work in the 35th minute, dropping low and getting a strong left arm out to deny Konstandopoulos. Eventually the pressure took its toll but it was from a mistake rather than good play.
The Jets couldn't get a goal back and focus now turns to Saturday's game at Dubbo, which kicks off at 3pm.
Tickets are available from 123tix.com.au.