Simply enjoying taking the park each week has been the key to the Young Roar’s strong start to the NPL Queensland season according to captain Aaron Reardon.
The Young Roar find themselves in second position, trailing only undefeated Olympic FC on the ladder, with four wins to their name after five rounds.
A short turnaround following the end of the Foxtel Y-League season may have been a blessing in disguise with the Roar’s fitness seeing them run out games strongly.
“It’s been really good. The boys are enjoying themselves at the moment and that’s been evident on the field,” Reardon said.
“Going into the NPL, we’ve been very fit off the back of the Y-League season. We didn’t have the best campaign over the summer so the boys have wanted it to turn that around and have put in some good shifts in the early rounds.
“The extra fitness helps us against the older teams and we’ve been able to run over the top of teams too."
That extra edge was clear in Friday night’s clash against Redlands United with a last-gasp strike in the 95th minute earning the Young Roar a nail-biting 4-3 victory.
Adam Sawyer’s opener just three minutes into the contest was quickly cancelled out by Samuel Langley and Shuto Kuboyama as the Reds took a 2-1 lead into the break.
Jayden Prasad’s 92nd minute strike appeared to have rescued a point for the hosts after the Roar re-took the lead earlier in the second half with goals to Bryce Bafford and Rahmat Akbari, but a strike at the death from Nathan Yoon handed the Roar a thrilling win.
Next up for the Young Roar is an away date with Brisbane City FC at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Saturday night (6:30pm KO).
City find themselves towards the other end of the ladder with just the single victory to date and the Young Roar will take confidence into Saturday’s clash.
“Everyone believes that we can win against any team each week and we just have to keep that going,” Reardon continued.
“It’s always good to play well, especially when the first-team coaches are watching, and if you can perform consistently, you never know what might happen.”