Schedule no problem for Roar Youth
Brisbane Roar Youth ready for tough week starting with Tuesday's match against the Mariners.
Brisbane Roar Youth are preparing for the challenge of two games in the space of four days, starting this Tuesday at Spencer Park when they take on a Central Coast Mariners side fresh from a 4-0 demolition of Perth Glory.
Brisbane will be looking to build on their own comprehensive win over the Melbourne Victory a fortnight ago and have used the bye week to further develop a midfield unit which has become one of the most consistent in the completion.
While happy with the way his midfield has stood up in their past few matches, Youth League coach John Sime was quick to state that it will take a strong performance from the entire squad if they want to take the maximum points from both games this week.
“The boys in the midfield played very well in our last match and moved the ball around really effectively, hopefully they can continue to play well in both matches this week,” said Sime.
“With two games so close together it will take more than just those boys in the midfield to perform, it is the first time that we have played mid-week fixtures and if we want to compete in both matches it will require everyone in the side to be at their best.
“On the other hand it will give some of the boys who haven-t had as much game time this year the chance to impress, so while it is difficult playing twice in only four days it is also a great opportunity.”
The Mariners, sitting in fifth position on the National youth league ladder-only one point shy of the fourth placed Roar Youth, will be looking to win away from home for only the second time this season.
Sime believed that the Mariners would be a difficult opponent for his team and was adamant that it will take an almost flawless performance to get the win.
“The Mariners are a very good side and were very unlucky not beat us when we played them in round five, I wouldn-t be surprised if they come after us right from the outset,” Sime said.
“We didn-t perform to our best last time we faced them and they should have punished us; however we were fortunate to come away with a draw.”
“If the boys put in their best performance we will have nothing to worry about, however if we aren-t careful the Mariners have the ability to make it very difficult for us.”
With Brisbane Roar youth featuring no major changes to the side and a solid week of training behind them, Sime was confident that his team would be in great shape come kick-off.
“We have trained well and everyone is fit, I-m really looking forward to this match,” Sime said.
Kick-off for the match is 3pm.