Late goal sees Strikers leave the Gold Coast empty-handed

Aug 30, 2020 by

The Brisbane Strikers were unable to return to winning ways last night against Gold Coast United at Coplick Family Sports Park, as they were defeated 3-2 in a match full of action.

Coming into the game off the back of a good performance against Olympic FC in mid-week in which they drew 2-2, Strikers were determined to get a result over a strong Gold Coast United side who had been bolstered by the return of former New Zealand International Shane Smeltz from injury.

The hosts drew first blood, as a Zander Guy shot was parried by Brendan White, only for the rebound to be finished off by Sam Smith to put united 1-0 up in the 15th minute.

Gold Coast continued to control the game in the first half, doubling their advantage right before half time break, with Shane Smeltz creating space for himself inside the 18-yard box before tucking the ball into the bottom corner.

After a difficult first half Strikers emerged looking like a different team in the second, quickly taking control of the game and working numerous goal-scoring opportunities.

After 15 minutes of consistent pressure, Strikers finally broke through as a silky team passing move finished with Fraser Hills drilling the ball across the face of goal before Jake McLean finished coolly.

Their dominance continued as not long after Fraser Hills won a penalty after he shot on goal was blocked by the hand of Zahi Addis.

Unfortunately, the resulting penalty from Ollie Smith was brilliantly saved by Gold Coast goalkeeper Aidan Munford.

Not deterred Strikers continued to push for the equaliser, finally breaking through in the last 10 minutes of the game with Ethan Docherty volleying home an Aden Gardner cross.

Strikers kept pushing for the winner with Jake McLean and Aden Gardner both coming agonisingly close but it would be United to snatch the winner, as a quick counter-attack saw the ball fall to Sam Smith who worked space for himself in the box before finishing.

The game finished as a 3-2 win for Gold Coast United.

“The boys are gutted we didn’t have the best first half, but we rallied back and pulled it back in the second half,” says club captain Jake McLean.

“We should be putting teams away in games like that but it’s always tough coming here and playing at this ground.”

“We had chances when the game was 2-2 but it’s our fault really, they deserved to win, and we need to regroup now for Capalaba on Wednesday.”

“At Strikers we never expect to lose so every time we do, we expect a big response and that’s no different we will come back stronger.”

 

Goals

15’- Gold Coast United- Zander Guy worked space for a shot which was saved by Brendan White but the rebound fell kindly to Sam Smith who put the hosts in front.

43’- Gold Coast United- Shane Smeltz picked up the ball on the edge of the box before dribbling past two Strikers defenders and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

60’- Strikers- A brilliant passing move opened up the Gold Coast defence, as Aden Gardner picked out Fraser Hills with a switch ball before the forward sent the ball into the box to be finished off by Jake McLean.

81’- Strikers- A counterattack from a Gold Coast corner saw Strikers rapidly progress up the field with Aden Gardner sending in a cross to be finished off by Ethan Docherty with a volley.

90’- Gold Coast United- Substitute Cian Cuba sent in a cross to Sam Smith who created space for himself and finished into the bottom corner.

 

Man of the Match

Aden Gardner was named man of the match after a tireless display in the Strikers midfield. Heavily involved in both goals, Gardner also created multiple goal scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates throughout the game.

 

Coaches Reaction

“To get yourself back into the game after being two goals down, it’s a sucker punch to take the defeat.”

“We got back in the game and were going for the win so we left ourselves a bit open at the end there.”

“We had enough chances to score eight goals tonight but it was one of those matches where it wasn’t quite hitting the back of the net but we did score two so it’s disappointing to then concede three.”

“We know the lessons that need to be learned from tonight we had enough chances to put the game away but at the same time we need to defend better and not allow good players to have chances in our box like we did tonight.”

–              Owen Baker Brisbane Striker Head Coach

 

Next Game

Brisbane Strikers will take on Capalaba away from home this Wednesday night at John Fredricks, kick-off is at 7:30 pm.

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