Youthful Fire side feeling confident

SUNSHINE Coast Fire centre-back Rhys Roberts says his side will run out full of confidence when they face the FNQ Heat in their round-two fixture tomorrow.

The Fire was impressive in its 6-0 annihilation of the Brisbane Strikers last week despite fielding only three players with more than five NPL games under the belt.

It was a largely inexperienced side but that did not stop the Coast from dominating a heavily fancied Brisbane outfit.

Roberts said the players were full of self-belief ahead of tomorrow's match with the Heat.

"We got a lot out of that win and probably took the Strikers a bit by surprise out there," he said.

"A few people were probably not expecting us to play as well as we did considering we are such a young side, but that didn't bother us too much.

"We were confident then and we are confident now and will be looking to play just as well on Sunday."

Roberts and his fellow defenders were sensational last weekend in keeping a clean sheet against a Strikers side containing noted strikers.

Roberts said he would have to do the same against a FNQ side licking its wounds after its 3-2 opening round loss to the Northern Fury.

"Everyone in this league is tough to play and we will have to be on our game against these guys," he said.

"We are confident, but we can't get overconfident and think we are going to just go out and win."

Roberts named Heat striker Jamie Carroll as one of FNQ's main danger men.

"I actually used to play with him a bit and he is a quality player, that's for sure," he said.

"BUT you have to be careful because if you watch one player too closely you can get found out in other areas."

Roberts said he expected the Fire's young playing group - several members of the squad made their National Premier Leagues Queensland debut against the Strikers - to be better for last week's hitout.

"They will know what to expect now and will continue to get better with each game," he said. "We have a good team across the park and expect a lot from ourselves."



Tomorrow, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 2.15pm

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