Fury ready to stage Olympic up­set

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

THE North­ern Fury know they’ll have to find an­other gear when they host NPL heavy­weights Bris­bane Olympic at Ayr’s In­ter­na­tional Park tonight.

Con­fi­dence is high in the Fury camp af­ter they thumped the Roar Youth side 5- 1 in Bris­bane last week­end with a near- per­fect dis­play across the park.

Coach Paul Ron­cato will re­tain the same start­ing 11 this week­end, ex­cept for Joseph Si­mons com­ing into goal in place of Ryan Mur­phy.

The Fury were also hop­ing to have Jonathon Ba­gley back on deck be­fore he in­jured his ham­string dur­ing the week, but Ron­cato was con­fi­dent his side could shock Olympic in their fi­nal home game of the sea­son.

“We know we’ve got a mas­sive task against Olympic, but I’ve got full faith in the guys we’ve got play­ing. We know we can do the job,” Ron­cato said.

“We played very well against the Roar, but we’ve got to step it up again. We know it’s go­ing to be a very phys­i­cal game and we’re up for a big chal­lenge.

“Af­ter last week, we feel if we can bring that per­for­mance into this game but be a lit­tle bit more phys­i­cal then we can get the three points and cause a mas­sive up­set.”

The Fury claimed a 1- 1 draw with Olympic when they last met in Bris­bane back in May, de­fend­ing with 10 men for the last 15 min­utes as they held on for their well- de­served point.

It’s been a roller­coaster sea­son for the Fury, win­ning four of their first six games be­fore fall­ing out of fi­nals con­tention, but Ron­cato said that draw with Olympic was proof of the squad’s abil­ity.

“I think that game gave us the be­lief in what we can do be­cause they’re a big heavy­weight side and we know we can match them,” Ron­cato said.

“Con­sid­er­ing the amount of play­ers that we’ve had in and out sea­son, it would be fan­tas­tic for the club to fin­ish our last home game with a win against Olympic.”

DE­TER­MINED: North­ern Fury goal­keeper Joseph Si­mons. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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