Defence the key in Strikers away victory against Olympic

Aug 10, 2020 by

The Brisbane Strikers picked up a massive win away from home last night beating high-flying Olympic FC 1-0 at Goodwin Park, with Will Kerambrun scoring the game’s only goal on his starting debut.


Having won away from home last week against Redlands United, Strikers came into the match hoping to build a good run of form.


Olympic had the better share of possession throughout the first half but Strikers had the best chance to go in front in the opening exchanges as Fraser Hills hit the woodwork from close range.


The game looked as though it would be deadlocked going into the half-time break, however, a late attacking move saw Will Kermabrun sent through on goal before the youngster dinked the ball over Olympic goalkeeper Lachlan Hunter to put Strikers ahead.


After the break Olympic continued to pile on the pressure with Chris Maher making a crucial goal-line clearance to keep Strikers’ lead intact.


In the end, a disciplined defensive display was enough to see Strikers earn all three points and extend their undefeated run to three games since the return of football.


Strikers defender Michael McGowan described the result as brilliant and among the best of the season so far.


“It’s very pleasing for us to get a clean sheet against a great team,” McGowan said.


“We are hitting form at the right time because we have some tough games coming up, but we can really go into those games with confidence given our results recently.”



45’- Brisbane Strikers- Some smart pressing saw Strikers’ win the ball back in Olympic’s half before Fraser Hills sent Will Kerambrun through on goal with the youngster chipping the goalkeeper to put Strikers in front.


Man of the Match

Liam Cosgrove earned man of the match plaudits for his assured display in our back-four. The versatile defender was a calming presence throughout the game, brilliantly marshaling Olympic’s formidable attacking unit for the entire match as well as starting attacks from the back. Cosgrove has been outstanding since signing for the club during the COVID-19 break, quickly establishing himself as a key man in Owen Baker’s line-up.


Coaches’ Reaction

“I think when you come to Olympic and keep a clean sheet it shows you’ve worked incredibly hard as a team, we were willing to put our body’s on the line and defend  hard tonight, it was nice to see.”


“I can’t fault the effort from anybody tonight, we were organised and were confident we knew how Olympic were trying to hurt us, we stuck to the plan and in the end, it paid off.”


“Will K (Kerambrun) is an exciting young player who will score a lot of goals for this football club, we’ve got a lot of belief in him and for him to get a chance and take it on a big stage like this is amazing and shows his potential, all the lads are over the moon for him.”


“Lions are a quality outfit all over the park, but we will be well prepared, have a good recovery, and make sure we go in with confidence from tonight.”


Interesting Facts


19-year-old Will Kerambrun stole all the headlines on his starting debut for Strikers, scoring the winning goal with a composed finish. Kerambrun joined the club during the COVID-19 break from the youth team of French side SC Cannes and has quickly established himself as one the most exciting prospects in our ranks. He will be hoping to build upon his dream start to life in senior football with another strong showing against Lions FC next weekend.


Next Game

Strikers host reigning NPL Premiers Lions FC at home next Saturday night at 6:30 pm.


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