Fury eyes on fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH jonathon. tuxworth@ news. com. au

NORTH­ERN Fury coach Paul Ron­cato will con­tinue to give the club’s youth a taste of the Na­tional Premier League by hand­ing teenager Ben Ste­wart a de­but in tonight’s must- win clash against Red­lands in Mackay.

The Fury blooded fel­low 16year- old striker Kyren Wal­ters in last week’s 2- 0 win on the Sun­shine Coast, and Ste­wart is ex­pected to come off the bench.

Ste­wart be­gan a busy week­end when he played lim­ited min­utes for the Fury’s un­der- 16 side against War­riors last night, be­fore he trav­els to Mackay this morn­ing.

“He’ll come off the bench and may only get five min­utes, he might get 15,” Ron­cato said.

“It all de­pends on how the game plays out and what I de­cide to do with him.”

Ron­cato said the likes of Wal­ters and Ste­wart can es­tab­lish them­selves as the fu­ture of the club, and are ca­pa­ble of form­ing a lethal strike part­ner­ship.

“They’re the fu­ture NPL play­ers we’re pro­duc­ing here in North Queens­land, two young tal­ented kids.,” a hope­ful Ron­cato said.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for them to come away with the NPL side and it’s ex­cit­ing for them and for me as a coach.”

De­spite last week’s win against the bot­tom- placed Fire, Ron­cato was far from im­pressed with the dis­play and has de­manded a vast im­prove­ment this week.

They will start favourite against sec­ond- last Red­lands, who are com­ing off a 5- 0 loss to West­ern Pride.

“We didn’t take our op­por­tu­ni­ties against the Fire and have spent a lot of this week con­cen­trat­ing on our fin­ish­ing and cross­ing,” Ron­cato said.

“Mackay is in the NPL next year, it’s a nice thing to give re­gions through­out North Queens­land an NPL game.”

Red­lands were beaten 5- 0 by the West­ern Pride last week and will be out to bounce back. TONIGHT - NPL Queens­land round 16: North­ern Fury v Red­lands at Mackay Mag­pies Ground, 7pm long- term

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