Preview: Young Roar v Olympic FC

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Young Roar head to Goodwin Park this Sunday evening as they look to consolidate their position in the top four and continue their excellent winning run against Olympic FC in Matchweek 10 of the NPL Men’s competition.

Head Coach Chris Grossmann accentuated the importance of picking up maximum points against their rivals in order to demonstrate that they can go toe-to-toe with the top teams in the league.

“I’m expecting a good performance from our boys, we’re going to go into the game with no fear at all. Olympic are a good side, but we want to prove that we want to be in the top four this year, and to do that you have to match it with the top four teams,” Grossmann said.

“We’re going to leave no stone unturned in regard to preparation, in regard to how we set up and we just need to make sure that whatever team we put out on the pitch, we’re highly competitive. We’ll bring the Brisbane Roar DNA to the game on Sunday, which is to ‘never give up’ and to ‘fight for everything’, and at the end of the day make sure that our quality shines through, which is going to be the test on Sunday.

“We’ll have to look and see how we can break their defensive structure on the weekend. I’m confident in the boys, we’ve been free scoring so far to date, so we know we’re going to have to be at our very best on Sunday to get a result, and our form stacks up quite nicely as well.”

Young Roar are sitting in second spot ahead of their clash against fourth-placed Olympic, and are currently enjoying a run of five consecutive wins, but Grossmann insisted that his side are completely fixated on the task at hand.

“Our eyes will be firmly squared on Olympic,” he said. “They’re going to be a good side, they started off a bit slowly, but they’ve put some form together recently.

“They’ve had a big week this week with the Cup and their fixture on the weekend – we’ve looked through both.

“We won’t take our eyes off of Olympic, because the moment you do is the moment they hurt you, so we’ll be planning, we’ll be preparing, the boys have had a bit of time to freshen up this week, and we’ll be hungry come Sunday to take all three points.”

After scoring the winning goal in Young Roar’s previous fixture, Grossmann talked about Eli Adams’ importance to the team in the wake of Alex Parsons and Cyrus Dehmie both signing contracts with the senior A-League side.

“We all know what Eli can do. The ball is firmly in Eli’s court now with delivering on a regular basis.

“When Eli is in form like he is now, nobody can get close to him, so I’m hoping he can continue that. I know Warren [Moon] will be challenging him as I will be, but he needs to maintain that form now, he needs to do it in big games that count, and we’ve got two or three coming up that I’m hopeful that he’ll be a part of.”


NPL Queensland Men’s Matchweek 10
Brisbane Roar Youth vs Brisbane Olympic
Sunday, 30 May
KO: 4:45pm
Goodwin Park, Yeronga