Roos happy to go under the radar

CONSISTENCY and cohesion are the two key components Tweed Heads coach Roger Hoy is looking for from his players when they host Runaway Bay in their Gold Coast Soccer first division clash at Arkinstall Park, Tweed Heads South tonight.

The round 18 match will provide Tweed's Kangaroos with a measure of how they stand against the first division competition leaders, who are aiming to step up into Premier League next year.

The Kangaroos currently sit in fourth spot on 25 points compared to the Bay's dominant 46, and also trailing United Eagles (40) and Robina (32).

The last time the two sides met in round seven, Runaway Bay came away 2-0 victors, and while he knows that a win at home might be a big ask, Hoy will be looking for a solid performance from his players.

“Runaway Bay are the leaders of this comp, so they will be a measure for us as to where we need to be,” Hoy said.

“With only a few rounds to go, we need to start coming together and playing well, because if we finish fourth, we will come up against Runaway Bay again in the finals.

“The aim is to deliver a quality game of footy, and while we haven't factored this match for a win, a draw or narrow loss would still serve our purposes.

“We are well-placed on the ladder and I know our players are capable of lifting their games, but at this stage, we are also one of those sides that is 'under the radar' in terms of the leading teams worrying about us.

“This clash against the Bay is a game we can learn from, but we aren't just going out to make up the numbers, we will be giving it a good shake.”

Hoy said playing on their home turf in a mid-week clash should be an advantage for the Kangaroos and help motivate his players.

“Runaway Bay play a well-structured game where they move the ball about and play with skill, but I hope our fitness and a bit of grit, as well as being at home, will help fire us up to at least challenge them,” Hoy said.

The first division senior game is the only match tonight, with the reserves set to take on their Bay counterparts also at Arkinstall Park tomorrow night.

The action kicks off from 7pm and Hoy encouraged Tweed soccer fans to go along to Arkinstall Park and cheer the home side on.

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