Matt makes case for the defence

 

Reyze Kelly, part of Jets' remodelled back line, against Capalaba. Picture: Bradley Cooper


Best is yet to come, says Matt

 

JETS may have one of the best defences in the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland – but Matt Bryne believes it will get much better.

 

Only the top three sides, FNQ Heat, Redlands and Brisbane Strikers, have conceded fewer goals than Jets’ 10 this season. Quite a feat for our rebuilt back five.

 

For Luke Borean, Matt Zappone, Alex Henderson and Ryota Nakaooka, we now read Matt Stein, Reyze Kelly, Matt Byrne and Ray Schultz/Seb Kalos … alongside Scott Stewart.

 

As Jets prepared to face Western Pride at Wolter Park on Sunday at 6pm, Matt Byrne said: “I expect within the next few weeks we should be firing and in the second half of the season I’d like to think, in terms of conceding goals, we should drop off significantly from the first half.

 

“I think we’re slowly gelling. It was always going to take a little time to settle down. We have had a few injuries which have chopped and changed things, but I think as a whole unit we’re starting to defend a little better.

 

“You can tell from the last two games (Sunshine Coast and Capalaba) we’ve stopped the opposition players from scoring. But clean sheets are always your number one. If you don’t concede a goal you don’t lose the game!”

 

Byrne, who joined Jets from Olympic in the summer, added: “I’m realty enjoying playing with everyone along the back line. We have a lot of players who can come in and the standard doesn’t drop, but going forward I hope we can settle on a back four.”

 

Moreton Bay United FC v Western Pride FC
Sunday, May 8, 6PM
Wolter Park


PS4 NPL Head to Head (all-time)

PS4 NPL Head to Head (at this venue)

Played

MBU Wins

WST Wins

Draws

Played

MBU Wins

WST Wins

Draws

6

5

0

1

3

3

PS4 NPL Last Meeting

Jets won 3-1 at Briggs Road Sports Complex (8thAugust, 2015)

 

Both Jets and the Pride will be desperate for a win following disappointing returns in the league in recent weeks that have seen both slip down the ladder.

 

After flying high earlier in the season, Jets have taken five points from their previous five matches to see them drop out of the top four – however, a big win over Pride could see them go as high as third.

 

The tenth-placed Pride have also stuttered through much of the previous month with three straight losses suggesting 2016 looks likely to mark a fourth straight year without finals football.

 

Both teams had their last start in the Westfield FFA Cup – with Pride eliminated by Lions FC last week, while Jets advanced with a promising performance against Capalaba FC on Wednesday at home.

 

Pride have never defeated Jets in six previous attempts in the national second tier.

 

Match Officials – Zac KEENAN (referee), Jay HUDSON (assistant), Ben COOK (assistant), Ryan MOONEY (assistant)


- Match preview courtesy of Football Queensland