Late Goal Costs Strikers Against Young Roar

Jul 09, 2018 by

Brisbane Strikers will not surrender their ambition to finish in the NPL Queensland top four despite their latest defeat, according to coach Owen Baker.

Strikers succumbed to a second-straight defeat on Saturday night – falling to a late goal in a 2-1 loss to Brisbane Roar Youth at Logan Metro Sports Complex.

The result sees Strikers remain eight points adrift of a spot in the finals with seven games remaining in the regular season.

Quick out of the blocks, Young Roar edged ahead early in the Round 20 clash when Matthew Crooks converted inside the opening quarter hour on the back of a through ball through the Strikers’ backline.

A tactical tweak from Baker – replacing striker Rhys Meredith with Greg Cheshire – saw Strikers assert themselves more on the contest, with the substitute forcing several saves from Young Roar goalkeeper Macklin Freke prior to half-time.

Strikers continued to mount pressure on the hosts’ defences in the second stanza and levelled prior to the hour on the back of a corner – defender Michael McGowan getting the telling touch to guide the ball across the line amidst a scramble.

A raft of further scoring opportunities went without reward as Freke kept Cheshire, Ryan Palmer and Braedon Steel at bay as Strikers pushed for the lead later in the half.

Withstanding the pressure, Young Roar capitalised on the counter attack in the final minutes when Oliver Duncan netted the decisive goal from close range.

Speaking post-match, Baker said his side did not deserve to end the contest empty-handed.

“Obviously we are disappointed with the result,” Baker said.

“In that first twenty minutes we got it a bit wrong tactically, and I take responsibility for that, but the boys responded well to the changes after that.”

“I thought we had enough chances to win the game and we didn’t make the most of that period in the second half where we were really taking the game to them and should’ve gone ahead.”

Despite the result marking his side’s fifth defeat in their last seven outings, Baker said the team will not concede in their ambition to contest NPL Queensland finals football for a sixth straight year.

“Until it becomes mathematically impossible we will keep trying to win games and close that gap for the finals,” Baker said.

“We can’t change what has happened so far this season and now we just have to deal with what is ahead of us.”

“We know we have winnable games coming up and our priority is to of course win as many of those as we can.”

With winger Steel and goalkeeper Tomislav Mesaric injected into the starting line-up against Young Roar, Baker would not rule out further changes as he seeks to find a winning formula to close the season.

“Braedon had a great energy in the game and Tomi was given his chance based on his performances.”

“We will probably look at experimenting with a few more things and possibly blood a few more younger players.”

“We know we have to get our performances back on track and we will work hard to bounce back at home in the next game.”

Strikers attention now turns to next weekend’s match against Redlands United at Perry Park.

Brisbane Roar Youth – 2 (Crooks 13, Duncan 86)
Brisbane Strikers – 1 (McGowan 55)

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