Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: SportsPics
Gold Coast City winger Benjamin Lyvidikos says he and his fellow Brisbane Roar Youth alumni have a point to prove when the sides clash this weekend.
City are looking to extend their PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland unbeaten run to seven matches when the two sides meet at AJ Kelly Park – City’s first match following the competition’s Easter break.
City’s match day squad boasts several former Roar Youth players including Lyvidikos, Matt Schmidt, Jaiden Walker and Oskar Dillon.
Lyvidikos says he and his teammates are delighted to be able to benefit their local PS4 National Premier Leagues club by applying their experiences with the Roar set-up to City.
“There’s a lot of good talent on the Gold Coast, a lot of us have had to make our way up to Brisbane having been seen to have potential,” he explained.
“I think it’s big for Gold Coast players to be able to come back and have a crack in the state league representing the city we live in.”
“All I see is success for us here at Gold Coast. It’s good to be able to play a good quality style of football in my own backyard.”
Lyvidikos says lining up against his former side will provide that extra bit of incentive in Saturday’s clash.
“There’s always a point to prove in every game. I want to go out and be the best player I can be and you always want to play that little bit better against your old team,” he said.
“I feel pretty sharp, and I’m just looking forward to getting stuck in on Saturday.”
Roar Youth currently sit seventh on the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland ladder, with three wins to their name so far this season.
Despite Roar Youth’s lower table position, Lyvidikos is still expecting a tough test this weekend, however, he has no doubts City can get the job done.
“I’m pretty confident going into this weekend’s game, I think that week off wasn’t necessarily a bad thing we’ve had a couple of trainings and we’ve got stuck in.”
“I’m expecting them to play out from the back and be good technically, but I think we’ll get over the top of them physically,” he concluded.
In transfer news, former PS4 NPL Queensland Grand Final goalkeeper Matt Stein arrives at the club from Moreton Bay United following the departure of Ryan Meskell.
Meskell has taken leave from the club to pursue an opportunity in American football.
A win for City against Roar Youth will see them return to the top of the PS4 NPL Queensland ladder.
However, they may relinquish that position when current league leaders Brisbane Olympic close out the round on Sunday.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland 2017 – Round 8
Brisbane Roar Youth FC v Gold Coast City FC
Saturday, April 22 | 7:15PM
AJ Kelly Park, Redcliffe
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Matt STEIN (IN), 2. Riley DILLON, 3. Oskar DILLON(IN), 4. Martin VAZQUEZ, 5. Matthew SCHMIDT, 6. Roman HOFMANN, 7. Justyn MCKAY, 8. Curtis STOLLERY, 9. Jarrod KYLE, 10. Jacob BOUTOUBIA, 11. Nik MIRKOVIC, 14. Benjamin LYVIDIKOS, 15. Eoghan MURPHY, 20. Josh LANGDON, 21. Sam SMITH, 22. Jaiden WALKER
Outs: Ryan MESKELL, Sam KING