Bulldogs find form in Silver Boot

The Capalaba Bulldogs will be looking for another win to secure top spot in their group when they meet Rochedale Rovers in tonight’s Silver Boot.

They will be on a high after their convincing 4-1 win over Ipswich Knights last week, as Knights can be tough opposition but were rarely in the game.

The match at Lions stadium kicks off at 8.30pm.

Coach Peter Davidson sees a continuing improvement is his squad both on and off the field, especially with the return of Geoff Hurford as assistant coach.

“This appointment has strengthened the team, not only his coaching ability and knowledge but being a former player at the club he knows the club’s culture and expectations,” Davidson said.

“I am extremely pleased that we also are beginning to attract quality younger players to the club, more so as some of them have played their junior football at Capalaba and now returning to senior football here.

“We are continuing with our philosophy ‘It’s not that we win, it’s how we win’.”

Capalaba’s attractive attacking style under Davidson has drawn a number of top players from other clubs, offsetting the loss of Steve Leslie, who has returned to England, and Steve Homer, who moved to Sydney.

Keiichi Ueda may return to the club after completing his visa extension duties.

With an early start to the pre-season both the Bulldogs and the Knights took a long time to settle down last Wednesday, and much of the first half was played mid-field.

Making a welcome return Paul O’Brien was in the action early, Ryan Faichnie put in a terrific cross, the resulting header just missing, Greg Warden came close when he hit the post, and Josh Sherwood opened the scoring when Warden put the sweetest of passes through to him.

The match opened up in the second half, the Bulldogs getting back into the swing of things with the fast passing game that makes them a great team to watch.

The build-up to the second goal was brilliant, Jose Mojica slotting the ball away after a pass from Sherwood.

Warden scored the third after a run that totally confused the defence; his perfectly placed drive gave the keeper no chance.

The Bulldogs’ defence was outstanding, with Jake Sherwood pulling off his trademark clean slide tackles and Josh Harding giving nothing away even under extreme pressure.

Yuji Hirayama’s inch-perfect cross from the wing brought off the fourth, a contender for goal of the match.

Tonight’s encounter will be a different proposition, as Rovers demolished Brisbane City 3-0, and will be determined to overcome their poor result last season.

Allan Watson

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