CQFC Energy’s Dylan Kussrow (white shorts) will play Brisbane Strikers at Rugby Park tonight in round five of the Australian Premier League.
CQFC Energy’s Dylan Kussrow (white shorts) will play Brisbane Strikers at Rugby Park tonight in round five of the Australian Premier League. Sharyn O'Neill

Energy is at home to Strikers

FINALLY, CQFC Energy's home ground Rugby Park will be unveiled tonight when the Energy hosts traditionally strong Brisbane Strikers.

"They are a team with a lot of pedigree," CQFC coach Joe Fenech said.

"They were the first Queensland team to win the national league...and for a long time, the Strikers along with the Sunshine Coast Fire have been the teams to beat in the Queensland league."

The visitors will provide another testing match for a winless CQFC, who are at the foot of the Australian Premier League ladder.

But four consecutive defeats and more than 30 goals conceded have not deterred the young Energy side which has not stopped trying.

"That is the great thing about these boys," Fenech said.

"They put the week behind them and get back up fighting again."

The sole goal-scorer for CQFC, striker Chris Geddes, said he would swap his four from four record in a flash for a win.

"Although they will say they're not, Brisbane Strikers will come up here taking us lightly - hopefully we can surprise a few folk."

The mid-table Strikers had defensive concerns of their own despite winning three of their opening four fixtures, with head coach David Large concerned his side had yet to record a clean sheet this season.

Large put his team on notice that the defensive leaks must be stopped, and has drafted young defender David Roby into the travelling squad from the under-18s to expand his backline options.

Patrick Watchorn, a keen football fan from Rockhampton, will lead Energy onto the field tonight. Watchorn suffered from chronic kidney disease and was chosen as the Energy's mascot for their first game on their home ground.

Kick-off for the APL game is at 7pm.

 

APL LADDER

Team P W L D Pt
Olympic 4 4 0 0 12
Redlands United 4 3 1 0 9
Sunshine Coast Fire 4 3 1 0 9
Moreton Bay Jets 4 3 1 0 9
Brisbane Strikers 4 3 1 0 9
Brisbane City 4 2 2 1 6
Northern Fury 4 2 2 0 6
Western Pride 4 1 2 0 4
Palm Beach Sharks 4 1 3 0 3
FNQFC 4 1 3 0 3
QAS 4 0 3 1 1
CQFC 4 0 4 0 0

After round four

TEAM:

CQFC Energy: 22 Andrew Poyser (GK), 13 Jackson Ward, 14 Matthew Favari, 15 Julian Gale, 4 Matteson McGuire, 3 Warrick Jansen, 6 Dylan Kussrow, 7 Jordan Miller, 9 Chris Geddes, 10 Sander Waterland, 11 Jarod Lancaster, 27 Chris Swain, 1 Tim English, 18 Ryan Hickey.



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