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Home advantage

Joe Scott who says the next five games, all at home, could be decisive in the race for the top four.

Jets start a run of five successive home games tomorrow night which could “make or break” their season, says midfielder Joe Scott.

Capalaba visit Wolter Park, kick-off 6pm, with just six points separating Jets, in seventh, and second-placed Brisbane Roar Youth.

“An opportunity is certainly there,” said Joe, who joined Moreton Bay United in the summer from SWQ Thunder.

“It’s getting to the point where this run might be ‘make or break’. We need to try and make sure we win at home.

“Just take it one game at a time. Every week is different. You have to train and prepare in a different way for each team.

“Getting points on the road is something we’ve been good at all season and we may have to do that in the last game against (sixth-placed) Lions.”

Jets’ prepared for tomorrow’s game with a private friendly at Brisbane Roar on Wednesday, providing match practice for the latter ahead of the A-League.

Eight Under 23 players were part of the Jets’ squad which went down 4-0 to the professionals but still impressed after being hit by two early goals.

“It was a bit of a reality check seeing the pace they play at,” Joe said, “but I thought it was a really good effort from us.”

Quite a contrast nine years ago when Joe joined SWQ Thunder Under 12s. He wore the yellow and blue until 18 and then had two years playing at college in California.

He came back early last year because of the pandemic and rejoined Thunder in the FQPL scoring nine goals in 18 games.

The 21-year-old then hit four goals in his only Under 23 game for Jets this season before joining the senior squad and working his way into the starting line-up.

“It’s been good,” Joe said. “Coming up from the QPL was a bit of a jump. This is a different pace and it’s been a process (to adapt), but I’m glad I made the move.

“There are always areas to improve. I’d like to bag more goals and assists, but it’s a confidence boost when you see your name on the starting sheet.”

Form guide: In the NPL, Jets have won two (Strikers and Gold Coast United) of their last three games. Capalaba have lost their last three (Lions, Olympic and Gold Coast United).

Last season: Capalaba did the double over Jets. This year Jets won 6-1 at Max Haynes Field with Zac Kierpal 2, Linden Farr 2, Ryo Ono and Emryn Donnelly-Fagan on target.

Jets’ remaining matches:

September 11 (Saturday): Jets v Capalaba, at Wolter Park, 6pm

September 19 (Sunday): Jets v Brisbane Roar, at Wolter Park, 6pm

September 25 (Saturday): Jets v Logan, at Wolter Park, 6pm

October 2 (Saturday): Jets v Easts, at Wolter Park, 7pm

October 9 (Saturday): Jets v Sunshine Coast Wanderers, at Wolter Park, 6pm

October 24 (Sunday): Lions v Jets, at Richlands, 5pm

Joe Scott at Wolter Park, which Jets want to turn into a fortress

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