Match Report – Brisbane Strikers v Redlands United

May 26, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have stormed back into the top half of the National Premier Leagues Queensland standings with a solid 4-1 win over Redlands United.

A three-goal first-half blitz from Brisbane Strikers secured the team their sixth straight win in all competitions as a mid-season resurgence continues to build momentum.

Brisbane Strikers captain Jake McLean’s first goal of the National Premier Leagues season opened the scoring early, before Dong-Yoo Kim doubled the lead with a headed finish from a corner kick shortly after.

Andy Pengelly continued his red-hot scoring form to extend the margin prior to the half hour to effectively secure the points prior to half-time.

A resurgent Redlands United found consolation late in the second half through Kado Aoci, however were unable to prevent Pengelly from netting his second just minutes later to seal the final result.

The result could have blown out further with Redlands United’s blushes twice spared by the frame of the goal in the first half.

Brisbane Strikers have now scored four or more goals in their last five matches – the first time the club has achieved this in its 25 year history.

GOALS

6’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A well-worked passing move on the right sees Scott Halliday back heel for the run of Jake McLean in the box and the Brisbane Striker skipper capitalises with a fierce strike that goes in off the crossbar.

23’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A corner kick from Scott Halliday is met by Dong-Yoo Kim near on the penalty spot and he turns the ball across the line with a well directed headed finish

27’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – An initial strike from Dong-Yoo Kim is parried by Redlands United goalkeeper Jack Richards before Andy Pengelly swoops on the loose ball and drives it into the top corner at close range.

84’ – REDLANDS UNITED – A miscued goal kick from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott is picked off by Kado Aoci who capitalises by tucking away the ensuing one-on-one.

89’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean plays Andy Pengelly in behind the Redlands United back line before the attacker touches past the onrushing Jack Richards to set-up the easiest of finishes into an empty net.

MOMENTS

4’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A scramble in the box results in Fraser Hills pouncing on a loose ball but his first time strike bounces back off the post.

19’ – CHANCE – REDLANDS UNITED – Kado Aoci attempts an acrobatic overhead finish from Robert Kramer’s cross but his effort is wide of the target.

26’ – CHANCE – REDLANDS UNITED – Robert Kramer gets the better of Hiroki Omori on the byline and looks to squeeze a shot in on a tight angle but can’t only find the side-netting.

29’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly feeds the overlapping run of Hiroki Omori on the left but the Japanese fullback’s low, angled finish bounces back off the far post.

47’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean tenaciously wins possession in the attacking third and fires a shot from 25 yards that fades just wide of the target.

52’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills and Andy Pengelly combine to set-up a shooting opportunity for Jake McLean inside the box but his effort deflects wide of goal.

65’ – CHANCE – REDLANDS UNITED – A string of headed passes plays Jonathan Mueller through on goal but his poked effort is pushed wide by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

70’ – CHANCE – REDLANDS UNITED – A long range dipping effort from Fernando Perez Rodriguez is tipped wide of the post by a full-stretched save from Bon Scott.

81’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby dispossesses Josh Anderson in his own half to create a counter-attacking opportunity but his strike is denied by a sharp stop from Redlands United goalkeeper Jack Richards.

82’ – CHANCE – REDLANDS UNITED – Byron McLeod is played in one-on-one by Fernando Perez Rodriguez but pushes his finish wide of the target.

86’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer draws a fingertip save from Jack Richards with a first-time strike at the top of the box.

NPL TABLE

Brisbane Strikers now move to sixth position in the league standings – their highest position since March – and eight points adrift of the top four Semi Finals places.

COACH’S REACTION

“We were very dominate in the first half with a lot of possession and we got our reward with three goals. We defended well too but in the second half we over complicated things and as a result Redlands came back into the game. When you play against teams that are in a relegation battle you know they will fight for everything. We have had a few games in a row against teams like that but coming up we have some big games that we will be a yard stick to really gauge our improvement.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“It’s good to get another win. We definitely played well in the first half but we also know our second half wasn’t good enough. At the start of the year we would play poor and lose convincingly, so it is nice to not play at our best and still get a win. But we know we have to keep our momentum going now. We have a few away games against some bigger teams. We will go into those with the right mentality and expect to do well.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks Brisbane Strikers’ first league double of the 2019 season – and third straight league double over Redlands United – after winning the reverse fixture 2-1 at Cleveland Showgrounds in February.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers will travel to Redcliffe on Saturday to take on league leaders Peninsula Power at A.J.Kelly Park.

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