Match Report – Peninsula Power v Brisbane Strikers

Jun 02, 2019 by

A valiant Brisbane Strikers fell to their first defeat since April, succumbing 4-2 in a high-scoring arm wrestle to Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park on Saturday.

Despite dominating the chances against their top-of-the-table opponents, Brisbane Strikers ultimately proved less clinical in a hard-fought contest against the competition’s benchmark team.

After conceding the opening two goals, a rousing fightback saw Brisbane Strikers level terms at the half in Redcliffe trough composed strikes from Andy Pengelly and Chris Maher.

However, Peninsula Power decisively struck twice more in the second stanza through Mitch Bird and Chris Jancevski to claim the points – adding to earlier goals from Joshua Woolley and Dean Briggs.

The result draws to a close Brisbane Strikers run of seven straight matches without defeat in all competitions, however, Owen Baker’s side continued their improved attacking displays – scoring for a twelfth straight match.

GOALS

17’ – PENINSULA POWER – An errant pass in the defensive third from Michael McGowan is picked off by Joshua Woolley and he converts with a lobbed strike over the out of position Bon Scott.

19’ – PENINSULA POWER – Sam Roper lays the ball off for Dean Briggs in the penalty area and he converts with a low finish on the angle.

41’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A cunning lobbed pass over the defence from Jake McLean plays in Andy Pengelly, who converts with an emphatic first-time finish.

44’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills’ cutback from the byline deflects into the path of Chris Maher to hammer home the finish at close range.

66’ – PENINSULA POWER – Tom Strickland’s shot on a tight angle is tipped across goal by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott before Mitch Bird reacts quickest to touch the ball across the line in the ensuing scramble.

72’ – PENINSULA POWER – A corner kick to the back post is turned in by the head of Chris Jancevski amidst heavy defensive traffic.

MOMENTS

1’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – An early ball from Jake McLean releases Andy Pengelly but his first-time strike flashes over the crossbar.

10’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Dong-yoo Kim is teed up at the top of the penalty area with his ensuing strike forcing a low save from Peninsula Power goalkeeper Jake Reesby.

13’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher’s lobbed pass finds Dong-yoo Kim in space in the box but he turns his header wide of the far post.

39’ – CHANCE – PENINSULA POWER – Dean Briggs winds up a strong strike from outside the penalty area for the hosts but Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott gets down smartly to make a strong save.

49’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori picks out Andy Pengelly in the box with a crisp pass but the attacker sends his ensuing strike high of the target.

53’ – CHANCE – PENINSULA POWER – Joshua Wolley is played into the penalty area and draws a sharp low save from Bon Scott at close range.

70’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A deflected pass from Fraser Hills falls kindly for Andy Pengelly just inside the penalty area but his snap strike flashes just past the post.

74’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A fierce volleyed strike from Jake McLean from outside the box draws a finger tip save from Peninsula Power goalkeeper Jake Reesby.

84’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A direct free-kick from Jake McLean is destined for the top corner of the goal before being pushed over the bar by Jake Reesby’s save.

87’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Substitute Zach Maltby draws a parried save from Jake Reesby on a tight angle. The second chance falls for Jake McLean but he can’t steer his strike on target.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers drop to eighth in the league standings in a congested mid-table, however they could drop a further place depending on results in the final matches of the round to be played Sunday.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Jake McLean – the Brisbane Strikers skipper again showed plenty of influence in midfield with a busy performance that included a number of scoring chances and laying on the assist to commence the first-half fightback.

COACH REACTION

“We started well. It was all us early and they scored against the run of play. At the start of the year we might’ve gone into the sheds down at half-time, so to make a game of it by getting two goals back was pleasing. It shows we have improved in general play and creating chances but we have to refine some of the details and rub out the mistakes because big teams like Peninsula Power will take those opportunities. But we still take a lot of heart from it going into next week.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN REACTION

“We definitely could have won. It was a good game but you really can’t give away silly goals against a big team like that. We showed a lot of character to fight back but in the end it just wasn’t our night. We’re starting to show we have an understanding in the team now and we will still take a lot of confidence into the next game knowing it was only fine margins that stopped us from winning this one.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

Andy Pengelly’s goal continues a strong run of form for the Brisbane Strikers attacker – now scoring in six straight National Premier Leagues matches to remain firmly in the hunt for this year’s Golden Boot with 17 league goals.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to the FFA Cup with a trip to Gold Coast Knights on Friday night in Preliminary Round 7 – the final qualifying match before the national Round of 32.

 

Image supplied by Peninsula Power FC / Kylie Wells Images

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