Trifecta of coast clashes

TWEED soccer fans are spoilt for choice this weekend, with a trifecta of promising Gold Coast Soccer clashes across the region.

The action kicks off with a battle of the border as a refreshed Tweed Heads Kangaroos outfit hops back into action against Tugun at Arkinstall Park this afternoon.

The Kangaroos' season couldn't be any more balanced, boasting three wins and three losses, with seven goals for and seven against from their opening six fixtures.

Amazingly the same can be said for Tugun, whose record reads three wins, three losses and a draw, though its aggregate is a little more stacked with 17 goals for and 17 against.

The draw places Tugun in fifth spot on the table two above its southern rivals, but Tweed manager Paul Appleby believes it will be his men looking down the ladder when the final whistle blows.

“There's a great rivalry between the sides dating back some years, but we've had the better of them lately,” he said.

“We're looking at the next three weeks as must-win games for us, so hopefully we can start putting some more balls in the back of the net.”

Meanwhile, down the road, Murwillumbah FC hopes to continue its good form when it welcomes Merrimac to Jim Devine Oval.

Like Tweed, Murwillumbah's record reads 3-3, however its remarkable goal-scoring ability of recent weeks has propelled it above the Kangaroos on the table.

Murwillumbah has not only kept two clean sheets in its last two outings, but has found the back of the net an impressive 13 times.

Astoundingly Merrimac too has bagged 13 goals in two contests, and Murwillumbah coach Mick McCarthy expects nothing less than a well balanced fixture.

“We give ourselves every shot this week after our last two performances,” he said.

“We know we're up against a good side, but we're excited and up for the challenge, and there's no reason why we can't give it a shake.

“We feel we're genuine finals contenders, but this weekend will be a key indicator as to our full potential, and we'll be happy to get the three points and keep our momentum going.”

In the remaining first division fixtures Kingscliff travels north to tackle second-placed Robina City, and United Eagles face league leaders Runaway Bay.

The action kicks off around the grounds from 3pm.

Then tomorrow it's the turn of local Premier League outfit Tweed Valley Kings, who will be out for revenge when they host Palm Beach at Reg Dalton Oval.

The Kings were one step away from history when they clashed with Palm Beach in last year's FA Cup grand final, only to be upstaged 4-1.

TVK has not had such a successful season this year, managing just two victories in the opening seven rounds of play and lying three from the foot of the ladder.

Palm Beach sits in third spot with five wins, however having scalped the otherwise-undefeated Gold Coast Knights three weeks ago, Kings coach Craig Madden hasn't written his side off yet.

The grand final replay starts at 3pm.



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