Happy to be underdogs


Linden Farr, pictured last season against Brisbane Roar, likes the idea of Jets' being underdogs this season.

Jets are seen by some as underdogs in the NPL Qld this season - and that suits midfielder Linden Farr.


Preseason forecasts had Olympic, last year's NPL runners-up and beaten grand finalists, as likely front runners and possible Premiers this season.


Jets were tipped by few for the end-of-season finals, but entering today's clash at Wolter Park (4pm) the sides each have 100 per cent records from two games.


“I saw a few write-ups and people seemed to be looking at us as an underdog,” said Linden, who played for Olympic from Under 15s to the top side, “I quite like that.


“We have started well (with two wins), but we take nothing for granted. We go into every game looking at the opposition as a challenge.


“We never underestimate any team. Olympic will be strong and I have a lot of respect for the club and the people there.

Jets' midfielder Linden Farr

“But our start, winning both games, is a confidence booster and of course, now I’m with Moreton Bay United, I want to put a few past Olympic and win.”


Jets enter today’s game in fourth after beating Redlands 2-1 and Gold Coast United 3-1. Fifth-placed Olympic have beaten Gold Coast United 1-0 and Magpies Crusaders 3-2.


Statistically, Olympic heave the upper hand in head-to-head battles since the NPL Qld started in 2013. But Jets have had some famous wins.


Goals from Joey Champness, Jackson Hall and Royce Brownlie, now Jets’ coach, secured a 3-1 win at Wolter Park in the 2015 play-off semi-final and we went on to win the final.


Two years later Declan Smith, now at the centre of our defence, raced away to score in a famous 4-2 FFA Cup win at Goodwin Park.


Cameron Millar, now Jets assistant coach, also scored that night as Moreton Bay United won through to the national Round of 32 for the first time.


The two sides will meet again in the FFA Cup South East Queensland Preliminary Round Four on April 3 with Olympic the hosts.


Linden doesn’t believe today’s game will have any bearing on that: “Every game, against every opponent, we go into it with the same goals and mindset,” he said.


Jets’ Under 18s and Under 23s, both with two wins from their first two games, face their Olympic counterparts at Wolter Park today at 11.45am and 1,45pm respectively.

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