Rohr and Leeds to open Queensland Cup

The Queensland Cup brought together big friends and former Chesterfield teammates Liam Cooper and Jay O’Shea.

Friends turn foes on Thursday night when former Chesterfield teammates Liam Cooper and Jay O’Shea clash in the Queensland Cup.

Cooper’s Leeds United will take on O’Shea’s Brisbane Roar at the Cbus Super Stadium in the first leg of a three-team pre-season tournament that also features Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

“We’re expecting a very tough game,” Cooper said of Leeds’ upcoming battle with The Roar.

“Jay told me how fit you need to be to play in the A-League and as a team we expect a tough game that we can enjoy and hopefully try to implement what we have been practicing.”

Leeds’ visit to Queensland allowed Cooper and O’Shea to reminisce about the old days: the couple had not seen each other since O’Shea’s wedding three years ago.

However, on Thursday, the friendship will be put on hold for 90 minutes.

“It’s preseason for us, so we’re going to take the game seriously,” Cooper said.

“Being here gives us the opportunity to decide who we want to be as a team and this experience gives us enough time to do that.”

After the Rev battle, Leeds will play Villa at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

“We know Aston Villa, they are in the same stage of pre-season and this is another tough game against a high quality opponent and we are looking forward to it,” said Cooper.

The Cup will end in Townsville next Wednesday night when Villa faces Rev.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who presented Leeds manager Jesse Marsh with a commemorative Kurrawa Beach surfboard on Tuesday, said: “This is every football fan’s dream as we welcome two strong English Premier League clubs to Queensland.

“I am happy to see that in addition to competitions, clubs will hold training camps here on the coast.

“This will give our local talent the opportunity to experience the education and training skills needed to build world-class EPL teams.”

Originally published as Roar’s O’Shea and Leeds’ Cooper to forfeit Queensland Champions Cup friendship