I wrote last week that it was a good challenge to have four games on the trot on the road, so I couldn’t have been more delighted with our 3-2 win against our arch rivals, FNQ FC in Cairns to start the season.
We played well for 70 minutes and created the better chances. The only downside was the pressure we put on ourselves in the final ten minutes when we were 3-1 up.
Instead of closing down the game, we lost a bit of concentration and, therefore, also lost our discipline and shape. But having said that, I was also pleased with how the boys showed the desperation needed to hang-on for the result we all wanted even though we did concede on goal in this period.
When we’re under pressure – whether self-imposed or not - we need to learn to maintain our structure and also to be a lot smarter in closing down a game in these circumstances.
We continue to work on consistency, concentration, discipline and shape.
Tonight, we meet Western Pride in Ipswich who also won last week. One of my former players, Karl Dodd, is in the coaching role. It’s good to see players make the transition from playing to coaching and I wish him all the best … but not this weekend!
Western Pride play a 3-5-2 formation which should make for an attacking and entertaining game, especially as we play three upfront.
By the way, the junior Fury teams travelled to Cairns with us last week. I must make special mention of the U13 Girls who had big wins in both their matches. All teams had some good results and it helps shows us as a club that we’re heading in the right direction with the development of young players.
Don’t forget to buy your memberships for our home games that start in three weeks!
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.