Maher Prepared For Another Olympic Showdown

Aug 16, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers fullback Chris Maher says his side is ready for a series of league battles in coming weeks – starting with this weekend’s clash with Olympic FC.

Olympic FC travel to Perry Park on Saturday night in the National Premier Leagues as Brisbane Strikers look to return to winning ways in the league.

The tie is the penultimate run for Owen Baker’s side ahead of their next FFA Cup game and will see Brisbane Strikers seek to down an Olympic FC team holding on to Premiership aspirations.

For Brisbane Strikers the match is their last against high-flying opposition in the league before tackling the relegation threatened Western Pride and Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United in season’s final rounds.

Maher explained the fixtures will be just the tonic as Brisbane Strikers – who can finish no higher than their current fifth place in the league – seek to continue rolling on in the FFA Cup at month’s end.

“Every game for us for the rest of the season is a big game,” Maher said.

“These teams are highly motivated and they have their objectives – be it finishing in the top four or avoiding relegation – and we are out to disrupt that.”

“Everyone wants to be involved, getting minutes and playing well ahead of our FFA Cup game and for that reason these games will be crucial for us.”

Maher further pointed to the Brisbane Strikers’ previous clash with Olympic FC this season – a 1-1 draw at Goodwin Park in April – as a bright spot in the season to date.

He said this weekend’s match offers the same opportunity to

“That game was definitely a turning point for us. It was the first time we had the whole team together and we really showed what we could do.”

“We had a game plan that day and we stuck to it. That was a big lesson for us a relatively new team at the time and we have drawn on that this season.”

Maher said despite his side falling 3-0 in their previous outing to Gold Coast Knights just days after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Wellington Phoenix.

“We had our chances in the first half that, if we had finished them, would’ve made it a different game.”

“There was some fatigue from the FFA Cup game but we were never going to sit in – we play our game because that’s what this team and this club is always about.”

Maher also addressed fan concerns for his fitness after returning to the starting line-up earlier this month.

“I’m feeling good but I am managing my training loads so I can play games on the weekends,” he explained.

“I won’t lie – my body was battling in the Wellington Phoenix game – but I did what I had to do to get through it and I would do it again without hesitation,” he concluded.

A win for Brisbane Strikers this weekend would all but assure their finish in fifth place on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 28

Brisbane Strikers v Olympic FC
Saturday, August 17 @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

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