Pengelly Praises Supply For Scoring Spree

May 23, 2019 by

Brisbane Striker attacker Andy Pengelly says his recent scoring spree is a team effort – but he won’t begrudge his shot at claiming this season’s NPL Queensland Golden Boot.

With three consecutive hat-tricks in the National Premier Leagues, the red-hot striker is aiming to extend his recent free-scoring ways when Brisbane Strikers tackle lower-table Redlands United on Friday night at Perry Park.

Now just two goals behind top place in the competition’s prestigious Golden Boot race, the 21-year-old is revelling in his recent returns after overcoming a seven-match dry spell in the league that coincided with a rough run of results for his side.

However, he stressed it is a team-wide revival from Brisbane Strikers that has proved the catalyst in his splurge of goals – now totalling 20 in all competitions – rather than the other way around.

“The results have been a lot better lately and when that happens I feel like it doesn’t matter if I am scoring – although I am happy it has turned out that I am getting more goals,” Pengelly explained.

“As a team we have been a lot more aggressive going forward and that has given me some more chances than when we were having a bit of a bad run. That is really what has lead to the goals.”

“I’ve received a lot of assists from Jake (McLean) but also from Hiro (Omori) and Chris (Maher) and Fraser (Hills) – those balls in are coming from everywhere right now.”

“Also it has been good playing with Dong (Kim). He is making good runs and dragging defenders away. He scored his first goal for us recently and I’m sure he will start scoring more soon as well.”

Pengelly’s return to scoring form commenced with an all-time club record six goal haul in the double-digit defeat of Souths United in the FFA Cup in April.

He said that record – and his new-found status as the holder of the most NPL Queensland hat-tricks for Brisbane Strikers – came as a surprise after only joining the club in the off-season.

“I didn’t know I had broken the record against Souths until I saw it the next day,” he explained.

“It’s a nice feeling but I’m not too focused on those sort of things really. I’m just looking at the next game and knowing I need to score in that one because that’s what good attackers do.”

He echoed the same sentiment when it comes to the increasingly competitive Golden Boot race that pits him against some of the league’s most consistent performers.

“I can’t control what other players are doing at their clubs, so all I can do is keep scoring in as many games as I can.”

“But I know these things can change quickly and we are only half way through the season so, while it would be great to finish on top, it is also a long way away for now.”

However, Pengelly knows where scoring goals may ultimately lead – with his former Western Pride teammates Dylan Wenzel-Halls (Brisbane Roar) and Harrison Sawyer (Tai Po) taking their National Premier Leagues scoring form into professional football in recent seasons.

“You can see there is a definitely a bit of a pathway there. It can be difficult but it is good to know that attacking players can make that move to the higher levels and succeed,” he said.

“But my first priority is winning the next game for Brisbane Strikers and the next game after that.”

To that end, Pengelly said he and his teammates will not be taking eleventh-placed Redlands United lightly on Friday night after surviving a scare in the meeting earlier in the season to notch a come-from-behind win.

“They are a completely different team to the last time we played them. They have picked up some new players and picked up some points too.”

“For us it is another game we have to win to keep moving up the ladder because we are not too far away from being around fifth position now.”

“It will be another test but I am sure we will be ready for it and we will prepare accordingly for it.”

A win for Brisbane Strikers will extend their mid-season revival to a seventh straight match without defeat in all competitions and a fourth straight win in the National Premier Leagues.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Round 17

Brisbane Strikers v Redlands United
Friday, May 24 @ 7:30PM
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Admission: Adults $5, Under 16’s FREE

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