McGowan Return A Boost For Brisbane Strikers

Mar 29, 2019 by

Defender Michael McGowan is aiming to restore stability and resilience to the Brisbane Strikers back line this weekend in a crucial derby clash against Brisbane City.

The Scottish-born 31-year-old is expected to return to the starting line-up at Perry Park after being sidelined in recent weeks with a hamstring injury.

His absence has coincided with an unwanted run of results for Owen Baker’s side – the team taking just a single point from their past five matches to slide to tenth in the National Premier Leagues Queensland standings.

McGowan said he is aiming to channel the frustrations from his injury lay-off – which has coincided with injuries to skipper Jake McLean and fellow defender Matt Richardson – into a reversal of the team’s fortunes.

“I never get injured. I haven’t missed a game in ten years with injury,” McGowan explained.

“So it’s been massively frustrating to miss the recent games. We have conceded 11 goals in the past four games and that is miles below the standard we expect.”

“Hopefully I can come back in – and, of course, Hiro (Omori) is back now and getting back up to his level – so that should give us a bit of a lift as well.”

McGowan dismissed suggestions the current lack of form will take time to correct and he believes the side has everything it needs to return to winning ways this weekend.

“I don’t really believe in momentum. There should be no letting two goals becoming three or four at this level,” he said.

“It’s about hard work and concentration. We have good footballers but we need to be doing better on that side of the game and I will be making sure that happens.”

“In terms of the bigger picture, we need to start getting more points on the board because we are behind where we should be and we have to start getting the results.”

While McGowan’s motivations are strong, he acknowledges Brisbane City will also be fired up the clash.

In addition to the spice of a local derby, the Newmarket-based club are also stinging after incurring a six-point deduction this week by Football Queensland.

McGowan explained, “All my games against Brisbane City have been tough. It doesn’t matter if they are in good form or bad form or whatever – they are never an easy team to play against.”

“Of course, they have to get themselves out of trouble on the table now – and I think they will do that over the rest of the season – but we want to make sure that doesn’t start against us.”

Match Details

National Premier Leagues
Round 9

Saturday, March 30 @ 6:00PM
Brisbane Strikers v Brisbane City
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Entry – $5 Adults, Free for Under 16’s

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