Match Report – Gold Coast Knights v Brisbane Strikers

Jun 08, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have emphatically returned to the national stage of the FFA Cup following a stunning 5-1 win over Gold Coast Knights on Friday night.

Conceding early in the contest, Brisbane Strikers delivered five unanswered goals at the Croatian Sports Centre to become the first Queensland club to qualify for this season’s FFA Cup Round of 32.

Brisbane Strikers captain Jake McLean commenced the fightback with a pin-point strike from the top of the box midway through a hard-fought opening stanza.

The second half was one way traffic though as Andy Pengelly edged Brisbane Strikers ahead shortly after the restart, before Fraser Hills doubled the advantage shortly after the hour.

Gold Coast Knights hopes of a comeback were dashed shortly after when attacker Jarrod Kyle was shown a red card following his second booking of the match.

Substitute Zach Maltby then iced the result with a pair of classy late goals against an increasingly deflated Gold Coast Knights defence.

The result marks Brisbane Strikers first appearance in the FFA Cup Round of 32 since the 2016 season and their fourth since the competition’s inception in 2014.

Brisbane Strikers will discover their next opponent on June 26 – with the possibility of clash against current Hyundai A-League clubs and former interstate National Soccer League rivals.

GOALS

6’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Jayden Prasad dispossesses Cade McDermott before delivering a deflected strike that wrong-foots Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

18’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean skirts the attention of the Gold Coast Knights defence to bear down on the penalty area then poke home an inch-perfect finish into the bottom corner.

48’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer’s lobbed pass is brought down by Andy Pengelly and he then coolly slots his finish past Gold Coast Knights goalkeeper Tim Allen.

67’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean tenaciously wins the ball off Adam Endean before slipping a pass for Fraser Hills to tuck away inside the penalty area.

80’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby turns into space on the counter attack and picks his spot from 25 yards out to drive the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

84’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Another counter attack sees Zach Maltby take possession on halfway and then produce a mazy run through the heart of the retreating Gold Coast Knights defence before touching a composed finish past the onrushing Tim Allen.

MOMENTS

9’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean finds space at the top of the box but his strike skews high and wide of the target.

14’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills tees up Ryan Palmer in space at the top of the penalty area but he skews his strike wide of the target.

20’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Jarrod Kyle turns into space in the penalty area but he sends his angled strike across the face of goal.

71’ – RED CARD – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Jarrod Kyle is shown is second yellow card for dissent and his dismissed from the contest.

76’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – A loose ball falls for Roman Hofmann at the top of the box but his skidding strike is pushed away by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

76’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Breaking away on the counter attack, Andy Pengelly’s full-blooded drive from 20 yards out forces a full-stretched save from Tim Allen in the Gold Coast Knights goal.

86’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly’s cutback finds Zach Maltby in the box. He sees his initial strike chance saved by Tim Allen before steering a header over the bar just seconds later.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Fraser Hills – the dynamic midfielder was at his busy best in both attack and defence – providing a crucial transitional link and capping his performance with a crucial second half goal.

COACH’S REACTION

“The players really got up for the cup – their energy and enthusiasm was amazing. It shows a lot of character to fight back after conceding first and the confidence really grew when we equalised. When we scored early in the second half it just didn’t really feel like we could lose from there on. This is a special feeling for us as a team but I also want to thank the fans for travelling down – the players and the coaching staff really appreciate their support.” -Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“We are absolutely buzzing. It was fantastic win against a quality team at their home ground. The attitude from the boys during the week and in the game itself was top notch. Everyone put one hundred per cent into this and they deserve it. To be captain of a side that has qualified for the national rounds of the FFA Cup is a great feeling.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brisbane Strikers have now qualified for the FFA Cup Round of 32 more times than any other Brisbane-based club – their tally of four successful qualifying campaigns double that of their nearest metropolitan rivals.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to the National Premier Leagues with another trip down the M1 to face Gold Coast United next Saturday night.

 

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