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Close encounters

Marquez Walters who was with Brisbane City before going to Victoria then joining Jets.

Striker Marquez Walters reckons tonight's NPL derby clash against Brisbane City (kick-off 6.30pm) "will be close" - and the statistics back him up.

One place and one point separates the sides on the NPL ladder. The margin of victory our last five encounters has also been just one goal - Jets winning on four of those occasions.

"Both teams have had a tough start," said Kez, who was at Brisbane City two years ago. "I think there's a bit of a 'must win' feel for both sides.

"I think it will be close on Saturday. We both need and both want the points. Hopefully we'll get them."

Jets and City have found points elusive in the NPL this season. Jets had a draw at Gold Coast United and defeat by Olympic. City have been beaten by the Gold Coast sides, as well as Olympic.

However, both won in the Australia Cup this week - City 7-1 at Yeronga and Jets 3-0 at home to Kingscliff, with Kes getting his first goal for the club.

"It was good to get off the mark. For me I think it was a class finish! Top corner," he laughed. "That's got the ball rolling, now I want to get more.

"I feel I'm getting into the groove, getting my confidence up, which is what I wanted and getting game time under my belt. It's only up from here."

There have been many memorable matches against Brisbane City but few will forget the final match of 2020 when Linden Farr scored the winner deep into injury time.

It was a result which relegated City, who bounced back in emphatic style as premiers winning every game in last year's FQPL1.

"I remember it," said Kez, who was wearing pale blue and white that day, "I came off the bench and got on the end of a cross to make it 1-1.

"All I remember at the end of a clash of players and Linden putting it in. The home crowd here went crazy. I just had my head in my hands!"

Historically, Jets have won 16 of the 22 games between these two sides - 12 of those from 16 NPL Qld matches since 2014.

Others, in such as friendlies and pre-season tournaments, have seen Jets win four and draw one of six. In all matches at Wolter Park we have won four and drawn two of seven.

Jets Under 23s are also in action today (kick-off 4.15pm) against City. Jets sit second on their NPL ladder having won two from two. City are ninth.

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