Round 8 Preview – Brisbane City v Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast’s struggles were well documented last season and have continued in earnest this term with the Fire sitting on the bottom of the ladder with just one win so far this year.
The Fire have shipped 15 and 13 goals in their last two away trips, to Western Pride and Lions respectively, in between a 5-1 hammering at home by Redlands United. Conceding 33 goals in 11 games is a horrible return for a defence that on paper looks string with the experienced Englishman Matt Gray pulling the strings.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, marquee signing Alex Smith informed the club that he wanted some time away from the game after the humiliation at Briggs Road – throwing his teammates well and truly out of the frying pan and… well.
City will go into the game heavy favourites despite suffering a number of injuries in last weeks game against Redlands United after winning four of the past five games against Fire in the league and winning 6-1 in pre-season.
Sunshine Coast Fire
Sunshine Coast Fire Honours.
National Premier Leagues Queensland Premierships: 0 (3rd, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th)
National Premier Leagues Queensland Championships: 0 (Semi Final 2013)
FFA Cup: 7th Qualifying Round (2016)
Queensland State League Premierships: 3 (2008, 2010, 2011)
Queensland State League Championships: 4 (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
NPL Head to Head:
Played 11, City 6 wins, Sunshine Coast 4 Wins, 1 Draw.
Biggest Win: Brisbane City 4-1 Sunshine Coast, CTM Stadium, 19th August 2017.
Biggest Defeat: Sunshine Coast 6-0 Brisbane City, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 1st March 2015.
Form: L L L L L
League position: 14th – Played 7, Won 1, Lost 6, Drawn 0 – Goals Scored 8. Goals Conceded 43.
Last NPL Queensland Game: Lost 13-0 vs Lions FC @ Lions Stadium.
Our Last Game as Opponents: Brisbane City 6-1 Sunshine Coast, AJ Kelly Park, 20th January 2018, Macron Cup – Report
By the Numbers
43 – Sunshine Coast have conceded 43 goals in just seven games so far, an average of 6.14 goals per game, up from a whopping 5.32 per game last season.
28 – Things aren’t all bad for Sunshine Coast. They snapped a 28 game winless streak in Round 2 with a 2-1 victory over Cairns at Barlow Park.
6 – A City team predominantly made up of Youth players scored 6 against Sunshine Coast in pre-season at the Macron Cup.
4 – Last time the two teams met in the NPL City ran out 4-1 victors. Additionally, one of City’s four clean sheets last season came against the Fire on the Sunshine Coast in Round 11.
Stretch. Stumble. Aim Celebrate. Anatomy of Jesse Gibbs’ goal, City’s fourth on the night on their way to a 6-1 thrashing of @sunshinecoastfcfire. Read the full report on the website to see how City progressed to the @macronausnz Cup Final where we’ll take on hosts @peninsulapower. #ForzaCity #Gladiators #MyCity #MacronCup
Leaky defence – Less of a leak, more of a flood for Sunshine Coast this season. After a promising start to the year in which Sunshine Coast picked up a surprise win in Cairns in Round 2, the Fire have since conceded at least two a game, as well as earning the unenviable record of suffering the biggest ever NPL Queensland defeat, losing 15-1 against Western Pride.
Slippery slopes – The Fire were one of the top teams in the Queensland State League, winning three Premierships and four Grand Finals. Since those heady days though the Fire have been in free fall. A 2-1 NPL Queensland semi-final defeat against City in 2013 started the rot, the club finishing in progressively lower league positions ever since their third place finish in that inaugural season.
SemiFinals – Brisbane City and Sunshine Coast contested the semi-final in the first ever NPL Queensland season after the two sides finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively. City ran out 2-1 victors over Sunshine Coast at Corporate Travel Management Stadium to advance to the Grand Final against Olympic, just weeks after losing 6-1 at the same venue.
Response – City have twice conceded six against Sunshine Coast in the NPL Queensland, in 2013 and 2015. Since the last 6-0 defeat in 2015 however City have won four of the five encounters with an aggregate score of 11-4.