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Cox Bullish about key clash with rivals UQFC

IPSWICH City Bulls and UQFC may have shared the spoils so far this season, but when they meet in the qualifying final at Sutton Park, Bulls striker Nikkita Cox is confident her side will come out on top.

Despite starting the year at a canter the Bulls' run to the finals has been anything but easy, forced to overcome multiple injuries and consecutive defeats.

Cox lamented a combination of injuries and questionable tactics from UQ as a reason for their early-season loss to Friday night's opponents.

"There was a period there where we had about six girls injured in one hit which was awful," Cox said.

"We lost (two in a row), and spent the rest of the season playing catch-up.

"When (UQ) beat us the first time, they pulled down some players from (higher competition) Capital League to play us."

In their most recent meeting on August 4, and with a near-full strength side, the Bulls turned the tables on UQ in a 4-2 drubbing.

That result, in which Cox scored a hat-trick, was a catalyst for the Bulls' charge toward the regular season premiership.

Going undefeated at home, the Bulls finished with a remarkable +63 goal difference, as the high-powered offence -led by Cox's league-leading 44 goals - found the back of the net an impressive 92 times, averaging 5.1 goals a game.

Both will be put to the test by a UQFC side which shares a similarly impressive +51 goal differ- ence, thanks to a miserly defence conceding just 18 goals in as many outings.

The action gets underway on Friday from 8.30pm. The winner will move on to the grand final, with the loser set to meet the winner of Narangba and Eastern Suburbs next weekend.

Callum Dick