What a great game to have to be back on home turf at Townsville Sports Reserve! We have every reason to turn on a performance worth of the improved venue. We haven’t played at there since mid-April and our home form has been patchy to say the least.
This first game back is against the Brisbane Strikers, the side at the top of the NPL Queensland ladder. This is our first meeting with them this season, as the earlier match away against them was washed-out and will be played in four weeks time.
A win tonight would see us back in fifth position - still with four games to go - while the Strikers will be keen to stay on top of the ladder with Moreton Bay Jets just one point behind them.
They are a very good footballing side. Like us, they’re not a physical side but man-for-man, they’re technically good, but the combination of travel and a midweek game should work in our favour. The key is to make sure we don’t give their players too much space and time on the ball, and to play closer and tighter.
The match also takes place at the end of a big travelling week for the Strikers. Mid-week they were in Melbourne to play Hume City in the Round of 32 for the FFA Cup – a match they lost in extra time 4-3.
Our match last weekend against Brisbane City was another narrow loss. We controlled large parts of the game, but we were not able to capitalise on the control and possession. Some big physical play got the better of us and we went down 3-2. On the positive side, Sean Karambasis’ two goals were well-taken, and 16-year-old Mitchell Maher had a good game at centreback.
This is our second last home game for 2015, so please join us tonight. The match kicks-off at 7pm, with curtain-raiser matches starting at 3pm.
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.