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Jan, 14, 2008

Roar say winning silverware main goal

While their first A-League finals appearance looms large, the Queensland Roar say claiming their first piece of silverware is the major motivation heading into the final round of the season.

The Roar sit atop four finals-bound teams locked on 31 points heading into round 21 thanks to goal difference, meaning a win against Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday will likely clinch the minor premiership for Queensland.

Goalkeeper Griffin McMaster, set to make his third successive appearance for the Roar this weekend due to a thumb injury to regular `keeper Liam Reddy, said there is a temptation to look ahead to the finals campaign.

"There's the odd thought in your head (about the finals), but at the end of the day there's four teams locked on 31 points and for the club to get Asian Champions League qualification is a massive boost, so we know the main goal is to get out there and win on Sunday," he said.

"You want glory, obviously, you want to win things.

"We haven't won any trophies so to speak, and this is the closest we've come to an opportunity to do so, so we want to grab it with both hands."

The Roar's preparations for the Adelaide match have received a blow however, with skipper Craig Moore in doubt with a groin injury.

The veteran strained his groin in the first half of Sunday's draw with Sydney FC in Brisbane, but played on as a win would have put the Roar clear at the top of the table.

The 32-year-old trained lightly this morning before undergoing treatment on his injury.

He will be eased into the week by coach Frank Farina, with his presence at fullback crucial to the Queenslanders' defensive structure.

McMaster says Moore would be a big loss if he misses Sunday's must-win match.

"Moorey's just like a brick wall at the back ... if he is out (against Adelaide) obviously it will be a loss," the 24-year-old said.

"(He is) a massive influence on the team. The defence looked very very solid at the weekend and hopefully we can keep that going."

Fellow defenders Hyuk-Su Seo and Stuart McLaren are unlikely to return from injury this weekend, but the Queenslanders will welcome back winger Robbie Kruse and striker Reinaldo.

Meanwhile the FFA has fined Farina $2,000 for breaching the A-League's code of conduct by criticising referee Matthew Breeze following his side's 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory on January 5.

The former Socceroos coach told reporters after the match he was unsure why Breeze failed to award a penalty when a shot from striker Simon Lynch struck the arm of the Victory's Kevin Muscat.

An appeal of the fine appears unlikely.

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