Brisbane Roar Youth travel to Max Haynes Field this Sunday where they will face Capalaba FC in the sixth round of the NPL Queensland Men’s season.
Following their first defeat of the season to the Gold Coast Knights, our boys are keen to show their mettle against a Capalaba side that are reinvigorated after a 4-1 FFA Cup victory midweek.
Young Roar Head Coach Chris Grossmann spoke ahead of this Sunday’s clash, saying that his side are eager to bounce back after last week’s narrow loss.
“Yeah, they are [eager to bounce back]. I think it was a massive disappointment, I think a lot of people have said how well we’re going to do this year and you never want to lose football games. I don’t, and I know the players definitely don’t, but I think that probably came at a good time for us,” Grossmann said.
“We had a good start, and it was a game that I was expecting to do well in, and that’s not to discredit the quality that Gold Coast Knights have in their squad, but our playing group has come a long way. But obviously [judging] by the result on Sunday we’ve still got a long way to go.
“I’m really looking forward to a reaction from the boys come Sunday.”
Looking to bounce back against the Bulldogs this Sunday! 💪 pic.twitter.com/SoszpbAgWh— Brisbane Roar Academy (@AcademyBRFC) April 16, 2021
Young Roar remain in a strong position after five games, having collected 10 points from a possible 15 to sit third in the competition, but Grossmann expects further improvement going into another tough test against the Bulldogs.
“They’re a side that know how they want to play – they understand their strengths and so far they’ve been really good at implementing that,” he said.
“You only have to look at the game against the Lions where they ended up picking up three points. They’re definitely a dangerous side and we need to make sure that come Sunday we’re ready to go, and we need to bounce back from our disappointment on Sunday away at Knights so I’m looking forward to the weekend.
“I’m never content with where we’re at regardless of the result we have and who we’re playing. I think all the sides that want to win the NPL, I said this at the start of the year, I think you have to be the most consistent side to win the league.
“We’re bridging that gap but we need to maintain consistency – it’s been something that’s been a thorn in our side for the last couple of years, stringing results together.
“I think now the challenge for us is, how can we re-find that winning feeling and continue on another roll. That’s something that will determine where we’re at, how far we’ve come. I know the players are eager and keen to do that, but once you step over that white line on Sunday, that’s where the rubber really hits the road.”
NPL Queensland Men’s Round 6
Capalaba FC v Brisbane Roar Youth
Sunday, 18 April
Max Haynes Field, Capalaba