The Young Roar are back in action for the fourth round of the NPL Queensland Men’s season against Brisbane Strikers this Sunday at Perry Park.
Our boys are looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season on the back of two wins and a 2-2 draw against reigning champions Lions FC last weekend.
Upcoming opponents Strikers are looking to get off the mark in what will be their third outing of the campaign.
Speaking ahead of this Sunday’s clash, Young Roar Head Coach Chris Grossmann said he was pleased with recent results and his team’s development.
“I think we are progressing well,” Grossmann said.
“Obviously, I am disappointed we didn’t take maximum points from last week but in saying that we have to look at the positives from the unique challenges we have faced in the first 3 games and to come away with seven points, I will certainly take that.”
The team had another reason to celebrate last weekend when Cyrus Dehmie became the fourth Academy player to make their A-League debut this season, with the attacker appearing off the bench against Wellington Phoenix.
Grossmann said he was delighted to see young Academy products getting regular opportunities to play in the A-League and highlighted his involvement as an extra shot of motivation for the rest of the squad.
“I am delighted for Cyrus, he has not taken anything for granted during the off-season,” the Head Coach said.
“He has taken his form from the end of last season into the start of season 2021, he knows what his role is within our group and I am confident the whole group will take encouragement from his involvement with the A-League squad.
“It should give our lads a massive confidence boost to do well in the NPL.
“The NPL is a competition which provides our players with challenges every week. Our players know they need to be ready mentally and physically but most importantly deliver consistent, high-quality performances to warrant an opportunity at that level.”
Despite Strikers’ tough start to the season, Grossmann is expecting another tough challenge on Sunday, adding: “I expect Strikers to be another tough opponent.
“I know Kossie (John Kosmina) well and I know he will not be happy with the start they have had.
“Yes, they have changed a few things around the club from last season, but in both games this season they have been in the game for long periods so we will have to be at our best to get the three points,” Grossmann continued.
“They have a young ambitious squad who will want to prove something come Sunday and I will be expecting a positive and determined reaction from our squad.”
NPL Queensland Men’s Round 4
Brisbane Roar Youth v Brisbane Strikers
Sunday, 28 March
Perry Park, Bowen Hills