Missed Chances Cost Strikers in Home Opener

Feb 23, 2020 by

A valiant Brisbane Strikers outfit were unable to secure a victory in their first home game of the 2020 season, losing 2-1 to Brisbane City in what proved to be a frustrating encounter.

Following their opening day win away to Magpies Crusaders, Strikers came into the game full of confidence and ready to compete with a strong Brisbane City side.

Strikers had the greater share of opportunities in the first half of play, with new striker Oliver Smith coming close, after getting himself into the six-yard-box and Jake McLean drawing an excellent save out of City goalkeeper Chris Parsons.

With Strikers unable to capitalise on their chances, the game remained deadlocked at the half-time break.

City would then make Strikers rue their missed opportunities, scoring two quick-fire goals early in the second half via Kye Bolton and Jean-Carlos Solorzano respectively.

Strikers continued fighting for the remainder of the match and even managed to score via an own goal, to come within one of drawing level but were unable to complete the comeback.

Strikers now turn their attention to Tuesday night’s home encounter with NPL QLD champions Gold Coast Knights.



58’- Brisbane City- Following a blocked shot on the edge of the 18-yard-box, the ball fell kindly to Kye Bolton who was able to slot the ball past Brendan White and open the scoring.

63’- Brisbane City- Three former Brisbane Roar players combined to compile Strikers’ misery, as an outstanding long-range pass from Matt Smith picked out Shannon Brady before the winger delivered an inch-perfect cross to the onrushing Jean-Carlos Solorzano.

90+5’- Brisbane Strikers- Strikers were finally able to unlock the City defence, as a Chris Maher cross was deflected off a City defender for an own goal.


E-Z-Go Man of the Match

Jake McLean was awarded E-Z-Go Man of the Match honours after a typically brilliant display in the midfield. After the game, McLean said he and his teammates were disappointed that they were unable to capitalise on their opportunities. “If we put those early chances away, I think it’s a different game but full credit to City they really grafted the whole game and got what they deserved I think,” he said. “It’s expected at the club that everyone puts in full effort for the 90 minutes and was good to see everyone doing that tonight, but we need to be more solid over that time.”


Coach’s Reaction

“Major disappointment in losing tonight, the performance I felt was good particularly in the first-half but we weren’t able to score in that period and then two moments in the second-half have let us down defensively which you can’t afford to do that against any team in this league. It was the old lesson tonight for us that when you go one goal down you certainly don’t want to go down two. There were a lot of positives for us tonight, but we failed to get the result, so we have to learn from our mistakes tonight very quickly.”

  • Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers Head Coach


Next Game

Brisbane Strikers return to Perry Park on Tuesday night for an NPL QLD clash with defending champions Gold Coast Knights.


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