Focus On Building Momentum For Brisbane Strikers

May 03, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers full back Chris Maher is determined to not let his side lose momentum as their focus switches to the National Premier Leagues on Saturday night.

Returning to Perry Park, Brisbane Strikers host the twelfth-placed Mackay and Whitsunday Magpies Crusaders United in what could prove a pivotal moment in the league campaign.

Following an inconsistent start to the season, Brisbane Strikers have returned to form in recent weeks – losing only once in their past five matches and finding the back of the net in six straight outings.

Another win on against their Mackay-based opponents this weekend will see Brisbane Strikers move closer to the top half of the league table.

Maher said he and his teammates are not getting carried away with their recent upsurge in results, including their dramatic midweek FFA Cup win over defending NPL Queensland Champions Lions FC.

“Comradery is tight at the moment. We worked really hard over the last two games to get the results we wanted and I think we are getting back on track,” he explained.

“But we can’t slip up now and fall back into those bad habits. If that happens then we are back at square one again and we don’t want that.”

“So we need to keep the momentum and the buzz going and not look too far ahead. We are focused on the game that is in front of us and this week that is against Mackay.”

Maher added that despite the match being the third inside seven days for Brisbane Strikers – including a hard fought period of extra time against Lions FC in midweek – the players will

“There are always knocks but we are managing our bodies and Will Jordan, our physio, does a great job helping us with that.”

“Managing fatigue can be a little bit different. It kind of comes down to how the game unfolds because you never quite know but, saying that, I know the boys and myself are all eager to play.”

Contrasting with his own side’s return to form, Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United have struggled in recent weeks – shipping a total of 22 goals in a four-game winless league run in April.

However, despite comfortably winning both clashes with their Mackay-based opponents last season, Maher said he expects nothing less than a hard-fought contest on Saturday night.

“Sometimes results blow out a little bit but there are never any easy games in this league,” he said.

“If you just look at the other team’s results – or even your own results – and think it is going to be easy then that is where you can really come undone.”

“Every team provides a challenge. We will do our analysis on them and we will be ready,” he concluded.

The match marks the first time Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United have faced Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park after last year’s corresponding clash in the final round of the season was switched to Cleveland Showgrounds.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 14

Brisbane Strikers v Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United
Saturday, May 4 @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

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