Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Ray Gardner
Gold Coast City goalkeeper Matt Stein says anything less than three points will be a disappointment in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Brisbane Olympic.
City and Olympic have been neck-and-neck at the summit of the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland ladder ahead of their clash at Duncan Mckenna Field.
Olympic are top due to their superior goal-difference as both sides sit level on 19 points after eight rounds of competition.
City custodian Matt Stein said his side are focused ahead of Saturday’s match.
“We’re very positive, we’ve worked hard at training this week, we know how Olympics going to play, and we’ve got our own style of football that complements what we want to try and do.”
“Anything less than three points is disappointing for us, we want to get that three point margin at the top of the table and this weekend is a perfect opportunity to do that,” Stein said.
Stein said his side have the quality to take advantage of their chances and take all three points.
“A lot of the time it’s going to come down to who makes the mistake and who can take that opportunity.”
“I think with the players we have upfront and throughout the eleven players we’re composed enough and good enough to take those opportunities as long as we can limit Olympic from getting good goalscoring opportunities which I know we can, I think we’ll get the best of them.”
Stein who played his first game for City in last week’s 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar Youth said he is loving his time so far at City.
“I love it, the boys the coaching staff, everyone’s been really welcoming, the style of football we play complements me we’re very attacking based.”
“I wouldn’t have picked another club, it’s been a perfect transition back into football and I’m really enjoying my time again,” Stein concluded.
New signing Rhys Saunders comes into the squad after returning to the club following a stint overseas.
Saunders is a welcome addition to Grae Piddick’s squad after bagging 10 league goals for City in the 2016 season.
A win will send City into outright first position on the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland ladder.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland 2017 – Round 9
Gold Coast City FC v Olympic FC
Saturday, April 29 | 6:30PM
Duncan Mckenna Field, Palm Beach
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Matt STEIN, 2. Riley DILLON, 3. Oskar DILLON, 4. Martin VAZQUEZ, 5. Matthew SCHMIDT, 6. Roman HOFMANN, 7. Justyn MCKAY, 8. Curtis STOLLERY, 9. Jarrod KYLE, 10. Jacob BOUTOUBIA, 12. Rhys SAUNDERS (IN), 15. Eoghan MURPHY, 16. Thomas MILLER, 20. Joshua LANGDON, 21. Sam SMITH, 22. Jaiden WALKER (IN)
Out: Nik MIRKOVIC, Benjamin LYVIDIKOS