McDermott Ready For Lions Test

Jun 28, 2019 by

Young Brisbane Strikers midfielder Cade McDermott will not take a backward step when he and his teammates tackle Lions FC this weekend.

Brisbane Strikers are eying a possible move to fifth place on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table as they return to Perry Park for the first time this month to they tackle the second-placed Lions FC.

The teams have shared the spoils in two previous meetings this season, with Brisbane Strikers winning the last clash in an epic FFA Cup extra time battle.

Brisbane Strikers junior product McDermott was a key contributor in that win and has proved a revelation since being elevated to Owen Baker’s starting eleven in early April in a defensive midfield role.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s game, the teenaged McDermott said he is eager to again test himself against one of the competition’s Premiership contenders.

“We know it is a big game and they are a good team but we are also very confident. I expect Lions to come at us hard but everyone in the team is ready for that,” McDermott said.

“We have looked at how they like to play and we know that defensively we will have to be very organised and the midfield is going to have to put a lot of work into that as well.”

He added, “Our team has really come together as the year has gone on and we are on a bit of a streak with the results. It is definitely something that we want to continue.”

“The formation changes since earlier in the season and midfield rotation has been very beneficial and it is allowing us to get the ball forward from the defence.”

Those cited changes coincided with McDermott’s elevation into the senior side and a subsequent run of results that has seen the team lose just twice in their last fourteen matches in all competitions.

McDermott scored in his first two senior appearances – including a match-winning strike against Brisbane Roar Youth – and admits those goals helped settle in the senior starting line-up.

“Scoring those goals definitely gave me a lot of confidence,” he explained.

“When I first came in from the Under 20’s to the first team I wasn’t sure how long I would be there – I thought that if this is just a bit of a tester and I really had nothing to lose.

“So I was really just trying to play without any worries and that is something I think I am continuing to do and it is going well so far.”

Despite his laissez faire attitude, McDermott cited the guidance he has received from more experienced players as crucial to his ongoing development.

“Michael McGowan has been a great help in the defence,” he explained, “He keeps on top of me and is teaching me how to organise a midfield and maintain our shape.”

“Then going forward there is Jake McLean who has shown me how to play through the midfield and drive things forward.”

To that end, McDermott said he is looking forward to again plying his trade at Perry Park after playing just twice at the venue in Brisbane Strikers’ last eleven games.

“It’s always nice to be back at Perry Park. It’s a good field and a good atmosphere and we are aiming to win.”

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 21

Brisbane Strikers v Lions FC
Saturday, June 29 @ 6:00PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Admission – $5 Adults, Under 16 FREE

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