Strikers’ Goal Machine Wary Of Old Club

Jul 08, 2016 by

Brisbane Strikers sharpshooter Rhys Meredith says his team is expecting another stern challenge to its premiership hopes when Strikers take on a “resurgent” Olympic FC in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Round 17 at Perry Park on Saturday.

Two months ago that prospect would have held few terrors after Olympic endured a disastrous opening two months to their 2016 campaign.

But they have won five of their past seven games, culminating in last weekend’s 3-2 win over finals candidates Redlands United to close to within five points of the top four.

“I definitely think it’s going to be difficult,” said Meredith (pictured), a former Olympic player, when asked about Saturday’s game.

“Olympic have had a resurgence since they’ve had a new coach. They seem to be playing well and they’ve definitely got players in the side that are dangerous on any given day.

“Back in defence they’ve got Scott Bow, who’s a really good player and Kazuya Ito, the Japanese boy, is coming back and playing quite well and Danny Byrne is dangerous on any given day.

“I think they just needed a reshuffle and obviously they’ve got a bit of structure in there with the new coach coming in. They always had the players, they just needed the structure”.

His wariness about Olympic’s recent form aside, Meredith and his team mates go into the match in good form themselves, with an unbeaten run through six league games and three Westfield FFA Cup qualifiers stretching back two months.

Meredith expressed confidence in the Strikers’ goal scoring potency as part of an attacking outfit that has scored eleven goals in its last three games.

“I think we are really starting to find our groove up front,” Meredith said.

“You’ve got little Jakie (McLean) and Fraser (Hills) passing well and playing well, and then you’ve got Trent (Clulow). You know you are always going to get a good performance from Trent.

“I think we are just gelling as the year goes on. At the start of the year we were grinding out the one-nils or two-ones and as we’ve started clicking more at the end of the year you’ve seen more goals come. I don’t see why that can’t continue”.

Meredith is equal PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland top scorer this season alongside FNQFC Heat’s Jamie Carroll with twelve goals to his name. He will be looking to add to his tally against his former club, having come through a difficult mid-season spell when he was troubled by hamstring problems.

“I think that’s behind me now and I’m just starting to regain my full fitness,” said Meredith.

“That probably took me about two-to-three weeks, as it does when you’ve been out for almost a month. But I’m starting to find my feet again and it seems like a good time, with a big FFA Cup game coming and the business end of the season, to really get results”.

The head-to-head PlayStation 4 NPL record between the two clubs hints at an extremely close contest, with each club boasting four wins from the eight games played.

Photo: Michele Pitman

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