LIVELY: The Fire’s Shiochi Koshimizu celebrates the winning goal in the National Premier League clash against Harimau Muda A at Bokarina.
LIVELY: The Fire’s Shiochi Koshimizu celebrates the winning goal in the National Premier League clash against Harimau Muda A at Bokarina. Iain Curry

Koshimizu grabs winner for Fire against heavyweights

HE'S animated, enthusiastic and in-your-face.

And Fire captain Paul Arnison believes newcomer Shiochi Koshimizu is just what the club needs.

The vibrant winger, who only linked with the National Premier League club this month, made his debut against heavyweight Harimau Muda A at Birtinya.

He put on a show with his aggressive style of play and his antics. More importantly, he kicked the winning goal to propel the Fire to an upset 2-1 win.

And he duly celebrated in style, urging the fans to get involved.

"He's a lively lad and it's good to have those characters around," stalwart Arnison said.

"You get different characters at different football clubs and you need that. It breeds confidence.

"He's chirpy and he made it a good finish with that goal."

Harimau Muda A came to Stockland Park's western precinct highly rated by Fire coach Kevin A'herne-Evans.

He believed the Malaysian under-22 side, based at the Gold Coast, was one of two to beat this season, along with the Fire's next opponent, Brisbane Roar's youth outfit.

And the visitors certainly showed plenty of spark, particularly in attack.

But it was the Fire which opened the scoring through Matt Needham.

Muhammad Jafri Chew provided the leveller for a 1-1 scoreline at the break.

But Koshimizu snatched the winner in the 65th minute and the Fire then staved off numerous raids from the visitors in the last 25 minutes.

"It's a massive win, especially for confidence," Arnison said.

"We put in a good shift for 90 minutes and thoroughly deserved the win."

"It was our work rate. It doesn't matter how you win games, it's about getting that win and another three points."

Wade Zammit was particularly impressive in defence while Reyze Kelly was equally tireless.

It's believed Jed Zanos may be the youngest player to play for the Fire in the state league.

The 16-year-old made his debut off the bench in the second half.

"He's progressing really well. To get a little taste at first team football, I'm delighted for him," Arnison said.

The Fire lost its first two games but two successive wins have since propelled it to seventh on the 13-team NPL Queensland ladder.

It will host the Roar's youth outfit in round five at Stockland Park on Sunday.


(M Needham 14', S Koshimizu 65')


(M Jafri Chew 24')

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