Tonight’s game is a massive one for us. It’s our fiercest rivals – Cairns (or FNQFC Heat).
Whoever wins the game not only gets the three points, but also keeps the Frank Farina Cup for another twelve months – awarded to the winner of the North Queensland v Far North Queensland derby, named after northern Queensland’s most successful football export.
Importantly, if we win, we go six points ahead. If FNQ win, they are level with us. We are currently in 5th place on 24 points on the competition ladder and with one game in hand. But there’s another incentive to win, as it would also be the first time that we have won three consecutive games.
No need for a motivational talk from me tonight! There’s plenty of motivation right there.
Last week’s win against last-placed SWQ Thunder was a good result but there is plenty of room for improvement in our performance. There were too many occasions when we turned the ball over under no pressure, and our decision-making saw us gift the ball to the opposition. All of their chances came from us, not their own play.
Having said that, I was also pleased with some good individual performances.
Jarrod Lee scored the goal of the game when he beat four players, turned in the box and smashed the ball into the bottom corner. Corey Waples was a standout for the 90 minutes, scoring an individual goal with a run from the half-way line; the opposition backed off him and he tucked the ball away into the right hand corner of the net.
Our opponents tonight have the biggest group of travelling fans who are always keen to head down the highway to support their team. Last time we played at home, there was more of them than us.
Please help us get that six-point break by coming along to Brolga Park tonight to be our 12th man.
Ian Ferguson is Director of Coaching of Northern Fury FC and Head Coach of the NPL team. He has previously coached Perth Glory and the former NQ Fury in the A-League. His playing career spanned 18 years, mostly with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. He was capped nine times for Scotland.