The clever dipping shot over Sydney ‘keeper Clint Bolton in the 54th minute of North Queensland’s Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season Round 6 clash against Sydney FC again brought accolades from the pundits, not just for Fowler, but for the Fury’s style of play.
Fowler’s third Solo Goal of the Week will be shown tonight on Fox Sports FC and analysed by the panel led by Andy Harper.
There are few certainties in football, but North Queensland Fury FC have shown in recent weeks that fans who go to their matches are all but assured of goals and exciting football.
Even when critics questioned the club’s chances this season, North Queensland Coach Ian Ferguson has remained confident that the team would develop the game required for Fowler to show his class.
Ferguson has been proven right three weeks in a row.
In Adelaide three weeks ago, Ufuk Talay sent a ball wide to James Robinson who crossed it with pin-point precision to the Fury Captain who’d run from half way to catch it on the volley and blast it past United’s gloveman Eugene Galekovic.
Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season pitted the North Queenslanders up against Brisbane Roar at Dairy Farmers Stadium and again it was Talay and Robinson providing the build-up in the early stages of the match for what Fox Sports commentator Andy Harper described as a tap in of “ecclesiastical class” from the North Queensland Marquee man.
His best was saved for last Saturday in Sydney after Fury ‘keeper Paul Henderson stretched the stitching with his clearing kick and Fowler’s partner up front, Daniel McBreen, nodded it forward to Fowler who slipped past Sydney’s defence and spied Bolton off his line.
Two short bounces and a beautifully weighted strike left Bolton embarrassed and the commentators searching for adjectives.
Fox Sport’s Simon Hill summed it up today as a defining moment in the Hyundai A-League.
“Robbie Fowler’s goals over the past three weeks have been pure class,” Hill said.
“In my opinion h as revitalised the concept of the Marquee player. Not only is he leading the way on the field but he is putting bums on seats in the stands as well.”
Fowler has never claimed sole bragging rights for his goals this season and has pointed to the efforts of his teammates for their part on each occasion.
Ferguson has maintained his desire for the Fury to play attractive football and it’s beginning to bear fruit.
North Queensland head to Wellington to take on the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Sunday and neither the coach or his players intend to change the way they’re playing, especially if it means football fans will come to watch, hoping to see clever football and goals being scored in style.