Watching and waiting
Royce looking for half a chance to make it a hat-trick
ROYCE Brownlie’s cool, close-range finish may have beaten Logan last week, but his previous two goals have really had everyone talking.
Both times it was two touches and a sensational 45-yard chip over the Grange/Logan goalkeepers! Pictured: Royce and team-mates celebrating his long-range strike against Logan.
Now the question: Can the captain do it in a third successive match, this time against Capalaba at Wolter Park today, kick-off 4.45pm?
Royce will certainly be looking for the opportunity. “I’ll be watching,” he warned last night, “watching to see if the keeper’s off his line. If I get half a chance, I’ll have a go.
“To be honest I’ve noticed keepers play more off their line in the BPL than NPL. They’re more sweepers. With those goals, both goalkeepers were further out.
“The first one (at Grange), I didn’t hit it quite as well as I wanted. But the second (against Logan) the moment I hit it I knew it was close. It just had to dip under the bar.
“It’s a striker versus keeper thing that’s been created over the years. Keepers hate it.”
And if goalkeepers start getting wise to Royce’s plans? “A keeper staying back it gives us more options,” said the skipper. “Instead of a long shot to worry about, they might have Chom racing through on them or we may get someone like Hamish Maguire in.”
ACE, level on 13 points with Mitchelton who are top on goal difference, have a chance to lead the Flight Centre Premier League themselves this weekend.
Victory over Capalaba would ensure top spot at least until Mitchelton play at Lions on Sunday afternoon. But the captain insisted: “This year we have to win our home games. We have to make Wolter Park a fortress and pick up some points away, then we’ll have a chance of making the finals.”
ACE Reserves take on Capalaba Reserves at Wolter Park at 2.30pm today.