Preview – Sunshine Coast FC v Brisbane Strikers

Feb 16, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers are eyeing back-to-back wins when they travel to the Sunshine Coast on Sunday in the National Premier Leagues.

Undefeated after the opening two rounds of the season, Brisbane Strikers are eyeing a possible move into the competition’s top four when they line-up against the winless Sunshine Coast FC.

Brisbane Strikers come into the contest after claiming their first win of the season last weekend away to Redlands United.

However, despite conflicting recent form the contest promises plenty of passion – marking a renewal of rivalries with the Fire, who proved a regular Finals foe for Brisbane Strikers in the former Queensland State League.

A win for Brisbane Strikers will see the club match their best ever start to a National Premier Leagues season after three rounds – equalling their return of 7 points from three games achieved in the 2015 season.

Strikers To Watch

  • Attacking midfielder Ryan Palmer has proved a constant threat in the early rounds of the season. The 20-year-old says he is determined to open his goal tally sooner rather than later after striking the post twice in as many weeks.
  • Attacker Zach Maltby will look to build on his early season form – including his first goal of the campaign – that saw him named in last week’s National Premier Leagues Queensland Team of the Week.
  • Fullback Josh Wilson returns from a mid-week talent identification camp in New Zealand where he pressed his claim for inclusion in the Kiwi’s Under 20 World Cup squad.

Our Opponents

  • Saved from relegation last season by the withdrawal of other clubs, the Fire have lost both their opening round games despite having home ground advantage.
  • An off-season recruiting drive sees plenty of new faces at Fire, including captain Scott Ferries. The midfielder represented his native Scotland in international youth football and played in the lower division in his homeland and the United States.
  • One of the most experienced players in the Fire squad is defender Andre Wallace. Originally from Jamaica, he has played in Mexico, Sweden and Norway and boasts the nickname ‘The Wall’ due to his imposing frame.

Head-to-Head

  • Brisbane Strikers have dominated clashes with Fire in the National Premier leagues. They have won the last ten meetings between the sides and lost just once to their old foes since 2013.
  • The Fire have been on the receiving end of the biggest wins for the Brisbane Strikers in the past two seasons – succumbing 8-1 (2018 at Perry Park) and 9-0 (2017 at Sunshine Coast Stadium) in that time.
  • Brisbane Strikers have scored an impressive 53 goals against Fire in the National Premier Leagues at an average of 3.5 goals per game. Fire have only held Brisbane Strikers scoreless on one occasion since 2013.

Did You Know

This fixture between the Fire and Brisbane Strikers will be the first time the sides have met at Kawana Western Precinct – all previous clashes hosted by Fire were played at the larger Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Match Details

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 3

Sunshine Coast FC v Brisbane Strikers

Sunday, February 17 @ 4:00PM
Kawana Western Precinct, Sunshine Coast

Entry – Gold coin donation

 

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