Strikers Skipper Eyes “Biggest Game of the Season”

Aug 27, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers captain Jake McLean is adamant Wednesday night’s FFA Cup clash is the biggest of the season yet for he and his teammates.

The FFA Cup Round of 16 clash sees Brisbane Strikers host NPL New South Wales club Manly United at Perry Park in a match that could extend the team’s season in September.

Brisbane Strikers come into the match in red-hot form after setting a NPL Queensland record 11-0 away win over Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders on Saturday night and vanquishing local rivals Olympic FC 4-1 the week prior.

Brisbane Strikers reached the Round of 16 after a stunning penalty shoot-out win over Hyundai A-League club Wellington Phoenix in the previous round.

McLean says the team is fully focused on the task at hand and becoming only the second Queensland club to ever reach the FFA Cup Quarter Finals.

“It is the biggest game of the season for us,” McLean said.

“We have to take the same mentality in to it that we did against Wellington and I think the boys are really in the right headspace.”

“Against Mackay we had a mindset that we would go in there like it was a cup game and we really went for it and played some very good football.”

However, McLean explained that Manly United, who finished the season ninth in the highly competitive NPL New South Wales, will pose different challenges – and opportunities – to his side’s previous opponent.

“When you play against an A-League team they are obviously very good in all areas while NPL teams can have a few more areas of their game that can be exploited,” he explained.

“But you still need to have the same attitude and be prepared to work your socks off because they will be looking at us in a similar way.”

“I think because of that neither side will sit off. It will be a very good game and it will really be about which team wants it more.”

Working in Brisbane Strikers’ favour is a vast amount of experience against interstate NPL opponents through three prior FFA Cup and two National Premier Leagues Finals Series campaigns.

“Obviously, experience is a good thing but each game is slightly different and teams change year-to-year,” McLean said.

He added, “Having played in Melbourne previously, I do know sometimes the interstate clubs can view Queensland as not being the strongest but I know that is not the case – especially with the boys we have in our team.”

The match against Manly United marks the first time the two clubs have faced each other in either club’s history.

MATCH DETAILS

FFA Cup
Round of 16

Brisbane Strikers v Manly United
Wednesday, August 28 @ 7:30PM
Perry Park Brisbane

Admission – $10 Adults, $5 Children/Concession

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