Cabilan Aims To Build On Starting Debut

Jul 05, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers up-and-comer Lloyd Cabilan is confident he can build on his recent starting debut against Eastern Suburbs FC on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old is expected to return to Owen Baker’s starting eleven for the crucial National Premier Leagues clash after a Player of the Match display in last week’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Lions FC.

Replacing injured right fullback Chris Maher, Cabilan excelled in his first full 90 minute showing for Brisbane Strikers in the National Premier Leagues since his off-season switch from Brisbane City.

Despite the frustration of not earning the points on the night, Cabilan said he was pleased to make his starting debut for Brisbane Strikers and is looking to build on it in the coming weeks.

“I’ve had a few appearances off the bench this year but that was my first start and the speed of the game and intensity is a step up I was expecting,” Cabilan explained.

“I’d last played senior NPL football with Brisbane Roar Youth in 2017, so I was a bit nervous against Lions because they are a good quality team but I think I handled it well in the end.”

“Obviously, the result wasn’t what we wanted but it’s really just a blip on the road. The boys are confident enough and good enough to rebound from that this weekend and I think we will.”

The match against Eastern Suburbs FC marks the second successive week that Brisbane Strikers face an opponent previously vanquished on their march to this year’s upcoming FFA Cup Round of 32.

However, Cabilan dismissed suggestions that such opponents are more difficult than they otherwise would be in the National Premier Leagues.

“I don’t really think it is about revenge for these teams or anything like that. I think they are just playing for league positions like we are,” he explained.

“We do expect a tough game because Easts are in a similar position to us on the table and both the teams now know each other pretty well, which makes things more interesting.”

“But this is the first time we are playing them at Perry Park this season and hopefully that will give us a bit of extra motivation and more confidence and we can use that to our advantage.”

Having not played in either previous match against Eastern Suburbs FC this season, Cabilan said he will draw on the insight of his experienced back line partners to counter the opposition’s attacking threats.

“Michael McGowan and Matty Richardson in the centre are experienced and really know their football. I know I can listen to them and they will help me while also helping me to play my own game.”

Developing and playing his own game is of paramount importance for the versatile Cabilan, who can play at both right and left fullback if called upon.

After stints with Queensland Academy of Sport and Brisbane Roar’s youth set-up, Cabilan said he is excited by his future at Brisbane Strikers as he seeks to continue developing his skills set.

“Brisbane Strikers have a reputation as a professional club and now being here I can see that first-hand,” he explained.

“It’s always been one of the top teams in the NPL. I am excited to be part of that and I’m hoping the club helps me to develop my game further.”

He added that he trusts in the structures and guidance he is receiving at the club this season from head coach Owen Baker and Under 20’s coach David Provan.

“I’m a patient person. I’ve been training in and around the first team for a while now and I know I am improving each and every week and that I just have to wait for my chances.”

“David and Owen are good at providing assurance and communicating with the players. I know where I am within the set-up and what is expected of me to keep advancing.”

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 23

Brisbane Strikers v Eastern Suburbs FC
Saturday, July 6 @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Admission – Adults $5, Under 16’s FREE

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