Preview – Brisbane Strikers v Brisbane City

Mar 29, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers are aiming for their first home win of the season when they host local rivals Brisbane City at Perry Park on Saturday night.

The match marks the 20th derby clash between the two former National Soccer League clubs and near-neighbours since their first meeting in 2005.

Brisbane Strikers come into the match seeking to turn around an unwanted run of results that has seen them take just a single point from their past five matches after battling a raft of injuries to key players.

Meanwhile, Brisbane City will also be eyeing a kick-start to their campaign following recent on-field form woes and off-field disruptions.

Winning just once in March, the club has also been deducted six points from their two wins earlier in the season as well as seeing coach John Kosmina replaced by Englishman Nick Green.

The points deduction sees Brisbane City currently placed bottom of the National Premier Leagues Queensland table, while it moved Brisbane Strikers up one place in the standings to tenth.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michael McGowan (defender) – the no-nonsense Scot adds resilience and experience to the backline as he looks to make his starting return following a hamstring injury. He says he was frustrated watching from the sidelines in recent weeks and wants to get his team back to winning ways.

Zach Maltby (winger) – the young attacker is set to take on additional responsibility at the pointy end of the formation with the absence of starting striker Andy Pengelly, who is suspended following his send-off against Eastern Suburbs FC last weekend.

Fraser Hills (midfielder) – playing a full ninety minutes last weekend after returning from injury the tenacious midfielder will be looking to further assert himself as the most experienced member of Brisbane Strikers midfield.

OUR OPPONENTS

Former Socceroo John Kosmina’s departure as coach sees the comparatively unknown Nick Green take the reins of the club. Hailing from England, Green previously coached youth teams at Hartlepool United and Lincoln City prior to joining Brisbane City’s coaching ranks.

Former Brisbane Roar Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship winning strikers Jean Carlos Solorzano has joined Brisbane City for the 2019 season. The Costa Rican scored 17 goals in the top flight in stints with Roar and Melbourne Victory and was an NPL Queensland title winner with Lions FC last season.

Also adding title-winning experience to Brisbane City is former Western Pride defender Jesse Rigby, who captained the Ipswich-based club to the NPL Queensland Championship in 2017.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Brisbane Strikers have dominated derbies with Brisbane City in the National Premier Leagues – winning eight of their 12 meetings since 2013 and only losing once.

Brisbane Strikers boast a near perfect record against Brisbane City at Perry Park in all competitions dating back to 2005 – winning nine and drawing once in 10 meetings at the venue across the National Premier Leagues, FFA Cup and Brisbane Premier League.

Brisbane City have never kept a clean sheet against Brisbane Strikers in 19 competitive meetings between the clubs dating back to 2005.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brisbane Strikers were the first Queensland club to be crowned national Champions with their 1997 National Soccer League Grand Final win, but Brisbane City were the first Queensland club to win a national title with their NSL League Cup triumph in 1977.

MATCH DETAILS

National Premier Leagues
Round 9

Saturday, March 30 @ 6:00PM
Brisbane Strikers v Brisbane City
Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Entry – $5 Adults, Free for Under 16’s

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