It was good to have a match during the week – our first for this year’s FFA Cup.
We played against local side, Townsville Warriors and had a pleasing 6-1 win but not before we knew we had a game on our hands. Like any Cup game, it’s always anyone’s to win and the Warriors competed well and held us to 2-1 in the first half. But I was very pleased with how the boys came out in the second half, dominated the game, created numerous chances and were rewarded with some fantastic goals. We’ll know our next opponent (either FNQ or Stratford Dolphins) next week.
We aim to carry that structure and way of playing into our match this Sunday in Brisbane against Olympic FC.
There are still some issues we need to work on defensively, but I am happy with the way we’re shaping-up at this point.
In terms of shaping-up, with a training match last weekend, the FFA Cup game on Wednesday, and Sunday’s NPL match, the boys have been doing yoga in-between matches. Yoga has become an important part of the modern game; it’s a great way to stretch and develop and maintain agility. It’s not something we did in my playing days but it’s very good for young athletes.
I can’t end without giving my tips for the A-League Grand Final – and I am going for the team we enjoyed having here when the Townsville Football Cup was on last year.
Sydney FC were wonderful guests in Townsville, but importantly I think they are the in-form side of the A-League, and the two best teams of the season have fittingly reached the Grand Final. Sydney FC is unbeaten away from home all season, and they have played well and been the most consistent team since the Asian Cup break.
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.