Halliday’s Bright Second Start For Brisbane Strikers

May 31, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers midfielder Scott Halliday is revelling in his recent return to the starting line-up and his newfound attacking role.

The 21-year-old is aiming to again feature in coach Owen Baker’s starting eleven this weekend as Brisbane Strikers take on NPL Queensland league-leaders Peninsula Power in Redcliffe.

The timing couldn’t be better for Halliday after he delivered his most impressive showing of the season to date in his side’s last start win over Redlands United – delivering two assists in a man of the match performance.

His recent return to form – coinciding with Brisbane Strikers’ six match winning run – is the more remarkable with the Redlands United match just his second start since late March.

Showing maturity beyond his years, Halliday explained that he didn’t begrudge his spell as a substitute before returning to the match day eleven.

“We’d been on a good run in recent weeks so it was certainly difficult to get back into the team,” Halliday explained.

“Of course, I’m hoping that I can stay there now going forward but it is important that you don’t get disheartened if you do move to the bench for a few games because it is part of being in the team sometimes.”

“It’s a long season and there will be rotations in the squad. You just have to tell yourself there will always be another chance and to then give it your best.”

“There are no small roles in the team and we are lucky to have so many good players that can make an impact either starting or from the bench.”

Halliday, one of several summer recruits by Owen Baker, explained his move to a more advanced position in the formation has spurred on his recent contributions.

“I’ve been moved higher up the field than what I was at the start of the season. I’m enjoying it and it is something a bit different to my previous seasons at Brisbane City,” he said.

“I think I can do a good job higher up the field and I do like to create goal scoring chances for the rest of the boys because we have some good goal scorers.”

“But I also know I’ve not scored a goal in the NPL yet – and that’s over a few seasons now – so it’s definitely on my list of things to do and I would like to add some goals to my game certainly.”

Halliday said he would be eager to break his drought against NPL Queensland league-leaders Peninsula Power this weekend.

However, he acknowledged they will certainly prove a tough opponent while stressing that he and his teammates are aiming for nothing less than three points.

“We’ve had to beat Lions and Easts in the FFA Cup recently and we have been showing our progress with better performances recently against Thunder and Redlands than what we managed earlier in the season.”

“We only just lost to Power when we last played them (in March). We had our chances to win and I think Power had to do well to win that game.”

“So it is a game that we can win if we play our game. We need to continue that form we have built over recent weeks and keep working together.”

A win for Brisbane Strikers could see the team move as high as fifth on the NPL Queensland table – just one position shy of the top four Semi Finals places – depending on other results.

This weekend’s clash will be the first time Brisbane Strikers have faced Peninsula Power in a league match at AJ Kelly Park since the 2007 Brisbane Premier League season.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 19

Peninsula Power v Brisbane Strikers
Saturday, June 1 @ 5:00PM
AJ Kelly Park, Redcliffe

Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Concession, Under 16’s FREE

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