Rising star rekindles fire in belly for Coast

BACK ON TRACK: The Fire’s Kenya Takahshi on the attack against Moreton Bay at Sunshine Coast Stadium yesterday.
BACK ON TRACK: The Fire’s Kenya Takahshi on the attack against Moreton Bay at Sunshine Coast Stadium yesterday. Warren Lynam

FOOTBALL: Staring down the barrel of a six-game losing streak, the Sunshine Coast Fire have snapped their rotten run of results with a 1-1 draw with ladder leaders Moreton Bay United.

Promising young striker Jacob Fulluck slotted the Fire's only goal, another encouraging sign for the highly-rated attacker who started for the Fire at Sunshine Coast Stadium yesterday afternoon.

With experienced coach Paul Arnison no longer featuring in the Fire midfield when required, youngsters Grant de Chastel and Jono Ladic were forced to step up, and Fire captain Reyze Kelly praised the duo's efforts in the middle of the park, along with the work of the Fire defenders.

"I definitely think we were the better team on the day," Kelly said.

"We created a fair few chances to seal the game and our defence was pretty rock-solid.

"It's good to break that losing streak against the top team in the league."

Kelly said the much-improved midfield pairing of Ladic and de Chastel was immense yesterday, and credited the team's improvement to some soul-searching over the past few weeks, following the Fire's unceremonious dumping from the FFA Cup.

"I think it's been an overall change, to be honest," Kelly said.

"That loss in the FFA Cup was a real wake-up call for us, it hurt a lot."

On the topic of the FFA Cup, Kelly laughed when quizzed about any potential bad blood in the change room, given his coach Arnison had played for Noosa on Saturday night and helped propel them into the next round of the FFA Cup against Palm Beach.

"We have a bit of banter about it," Kelly said.

"It's always good to see a player like Paul, he's a player with still a few years left in him and it's good to see him sharing that experience with the local premier league.

"It helps with our local links and he might spot a bit of unrecognised talent out there."

With the losing streak snapped, the Fire will look to build momentum quickly ahead of another difficult away trip to Olympic FC this weekend.


 (J Fulluck)



 (J Farina)

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