Brisbane Roar Youth head to Cleveland this Sunday evening as they look to continue their excellent NPL Queensland Men’s form against Redlands United in Matchweek 9.
In the wake of a dominant 6-1 win over Logan Lighting last weekend, Young Roar head into the match full of confidence.
Head Coach Chris Grossmann reiterated the importance of picking up all three points against the Red Devils, particularly with crucial fixtures taking place elsewhere.
“We’re confident this weekend that we can keep that [form] going, but we said to the boys last week that it’s extremely important for us this weekend because all of the other top four play each other,” Grossmann said.
“Whatever happens in those games gives us an opportunity to either make up ground, or fall further away, so for us it’s an important game to get three points and move forward up the table and consolidate our position.
“I think they’ll be direct, I think they’ll know how they want to play so it’s up to us to make sure that we control things and we influence the game as we know we can: for the whole 90 minutes and not 45.”
Young Roar sit securely in third place ahead of this weekend’s clash, having won each of their last three matches by five-goal margins, but Grossmann certainly isn’t getting carried away.
“There’s a long way to go and we need to make sure that we continue to be consistent – that’s probably the big message from last year to this year,” he explained.
“We’ve been more consistent, we’ve been in games a lot longer, we’ve been able to be part of an arm wrestle for a lot longer, so the boys know what I expect of them and we just need to make sure that on the weekend we bring another 90-minute performance.”
Grossmann also spoke about the excitement of seeing Cyrus Dehmie earn further A-League exposure, with the striker making his home debut against Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday evening.
“It’s fantastic for the group to be able to see Cyrus rewarded for his performances,” Grossmann said. “He’s been fantastic for us. [The A-League squad is] a good squad, a tough squad to break into, so he needs to keep working.
“I think it’s a fantastic advertisement for our academy to have Alex [Parsons], Cyrus especially this year, and Keegan [Jelacic] get opportunities with the big squad. All of the other boys are looking at that keenly and saying, ‘I want what they’ve got’, so it’s a good problem to have.
“Our boys get the opportunity to train alongside the A-League boys once or twice a week. We’re looking at trying to make that more regular because the quality of their performances so far have been rewarding of that, but they know that they need to keep performing, they know at the moment that there are people in front of them, and for them to see those players who are in front of them on a regular basis will only help them to strive to get better.
“Everyone knows you have to perform during the week and on the weekend to play the next week and I hope that’s the catalyst for us to continue to produce good quality players.”
NPL Queensland Men’s Matchweek 9 | Brisbane Roar Youth vs Redlands United
Sunday, 16 May
Compass Grounds, Cleveland
Images – Josh Springfield Photography