United head up the range Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back to winning ways after a lean recent trot.
The Men last enjoyed victory on the 2nd of June, away at Brisbane City. With two draws the only points in their last six games, a breakthrough against the Thunder is well overdue.
United player to watch
Justyn Mckay plays a crucial role in the engine room. Blessed with excellent vision and the skills to deliver on that, Mckay’s experience will be called on to steer United around Berghoffer Stadium. A player who leads by example, a big game from the English Australian will go a long way to bringing three points home from the Downs.
Justyn Mckay on target against Moreton Bay (Sportspics)
Thunder at a glance
The Toowoomba based club had a solid 2018 finishing 7th on the NPL ladder, 3 spots higher than United. But their 2019 season form has not matched their 2018 return so far with the Thunder currently 14th, smack bang in the red zone.
With relegation looming large Thunder’s 2019 coach, Thiago Koslowski, will need for his players to dig deep to salvage something from the rest of the season and he’ll be looking to the attacking threat of top scorer Anthony Grant up front and the experience of captain Jacob Bigby.
United clocked up a comfortable 5-2 win in Rd11 at Coplicks – four goalscorers that day – Reeves (2); Miller; Yabe & Thwaite all scored.
The spoils were shared in 2018, a win apiece. United got out of the blocks better in Rd12 in Toowoomba, Brandon Reeves and Tyler Wagstaffe with a goal each in the 4-2 win. In the reverse fixture the visitors took the points at Station Reserve in Rd25 with a 3-2 win.
National Premier Leagues Queensland Round 26
SWQ Thunder v Gold Coast United
Saturday, 3 August 2019
Kick-off at 5pm
How to watch
Can’t make it to Toowoomba, the match will be live streamed on Football Queensland’s youtube channel http://bit.ly/GCUMenvSWQ