Pengelly Eyeing Return To Winning Ways

Apr 27, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers attacker Andy Pengelly believes he and his teammates have what it takes to recapture winning form – starting with Sunday’s cross-city derby clash with Olympic FC.

After notching back-to-back wins in the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup a fortnight ago, Brisbane Strikers are eyeing a return to winning ways after turning in a disappointing 6-1 home defeat to Gold Coast Knights in their last start.

With the season approaching the midway point, Owen Baker’s side face a tough pair of away matches against in-form opponents in the next week – tackling Olympic FC at Goodwin Park on Sunday in the league before a mid-week FFA Cup showdown with Lions FC at Lions Stadium.

While acknowledging the up-and-down returns so far this season, the 21-year-old Pengelly – who netted a club record six goals against Souths United in the FFA Cup – says a win on Sunday may prove the spark Brisbane Strikers need to reignite their season.

“The team is staying positive but I think everyone wants to win a big game and I think we need to win a big game to get on a roll,” Pengelly explained.

“Doing that can help to kick start a season and there is a big opportunity to do that at Goodwin Park this weekend if we work hard.”

“We know it will be a difficult game, and I think it will be very important for us to score first, but I know we have the players capable of doing it.”

“If we can find a way to win – and to get into winning habits – then I think the second half the season can be really good for us.”

A constant presence at the pointy end of the formation this year, Pengelly says he is eager to recapture his scoring form in the league with his last goal in the National Premier Leagues coming in February.

“I am confident I can score more goals throughout the rest of the season. It hasn’t gone my way in the league recently and hopefully that will turn around soon.”” he said.

“But I really am more focused on getting results for the team and doing whatever I can to help that – so, in that respect, it doesn’t matter if I score a goal or someone else does.”

To that end, Pengelly said he has been impressed by the strides being taken by mid-season recruit Dongyoo Kim, who made his Brisbane Strikers debut in the clash with Gold Coast Knights.

“He has been good so far and he is improving with every training session,” Pengelly said of his new attacking partner.

“Our understanding is developing every time we play. It is early days, and it is not quite there yet, but he is looking sharp in training and I am looking forward to building that relationship.”

“Hopefully between us we can help the club win football matches.”

Joining the club from Western Pride in the summer, Pengelly remains positive about the influence of the coaching staff and teammates on his development.

He said he believes the club is providing a platform for him to continue to excel.

“Obviously the results have been disappointing but the vibe at the club is still very good and I am very happy to be here. I am determined to keep working hard for this club.”

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 13

Olympic FC v Brisbane Strikers
Sunday, April 28 @ 6:00PM
Goodwin Park, Yeronga

Entry: $5 Adults, $3 Concession/Under 12’s, FREE Under 5’s, $13 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

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