Preview: North Queensland Fury vs Brisbane Roar FC
Get down to Dairy Farmers to see your team take on top dogs
North Queensland Fury v Brisbane Roar Saturday 18th December 8:15pm
Come All Ye Faithful! Fury-s football feast continues with the main course - a mouth-watering encounter with ladder leaders Brisbane Roar!
Times are tough at Dairy Farmers Stadium and if ever a club was in need of some Christmas cheer it-s North Queensland Fury. So, what better time to show your support and good will towards the beleaguered Hyundai A-League strugglers than in this festive period?
And what a game there is for your delectation this Saturday night, as the Hyundai A-League-s top side grace Townsville with their fluid brand of exciting football. It-s going to be a derby game to remember!
It might be top against bottom at Dairy Farmers stadium, but this is sure to be a Christmas cracker of a game, as Fury continue to battle for their lives. Before Wednesday-s bottom of the table battle with Sydney, they may have only won one game in nine, but perhaps the most telling result in that barren spell came at Suncorp Stadium.
The 1-1 draw was a fantastic result but, in truth, the Green Army were desperately unlucky not to come away with all three points and become the only team so far this season to beat Brisbane Roar in their own backyard. After Gareth Edds struck a surprise early opener, they weathered the storm well and were just five minutes from a glorious result before Ivan Franjic broke their hearts with an equaliser.
However, the goal didn-t break their spirits, and they kept their focus enough to make sure they didn-t concede again. Not many teams come away from Suncorp with anything other than a hiding, so the result will stand them in good stead for this upcoming clash.
However, while that draw will give Franz Straka-s side hope of getting something this Saturday, Roar must be treated with the utmost respect. Last week-s win in Sydney - their first ever victory on the Sky Blues- home soil - made it an astonishing 16 games without defeat for Ange Postecoglou-s side. These record-breakers seem to have it all.
They play thrilling attacking football and can find the net for fun, but are also able to dig deep when they need to. Sydney were experiencing something of a resurgence at home, so for Roar to go there, grab a well-taken first-half goal from Kosta Barbarouses and then defend it strongly enough to come away with the win shows that this team have got the guts to go with the flair.
They-ll be boosted ahead of their intrastate tussle with Fury by the potential return of livewire midfielder Massimo Murdocca.
Brisbane might be flying high but games against teams at the wrong end of the Hyundai A-League ladder often prove to be the toughest of all. So Green Army, get yourself down to the Dairy Farmers Stadium and prepare yourself for a Saturday evening thriller as Franz Straka tries to mastermind one of the shocks of the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season. It-s going to be a belter. Don-t miss out!