Report – Brisbane City v Brisbane Strikers

Jul 14, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers surrendered a two-goal lead on Saturday night to fall to a frustrating 4-2 defeat to local rivals Brisbane City in the National Premier Leagues.

After overcoming a rugged playing surface to dominate large portions of the contest, Brisbane Strikers conceded three goals in five minutes in the second half to cede the points at CTM Stadium.

Attacker Andy Pengelly struck twice in the opening 20 minutes of the contest to lift his season’s tally to 23 goals as Brisbane Strikers started brightly.

However, a goal in each half from former Costa Rican international Jean Carlos Solorzano book ended a further strike from substitute Marquez Walters as Brisbane City wrested the lead.

An unfortunate own goal deflection 15 minutes from full time then ultimately sealed the result in the hosts’ favour.

The result marks the second time this season Brisbane Strikers have fallen to Brisbane City after taking a half-time lead.


11’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A series of sharp passes outside the penalty area results in Jake McLean picking out the run of Andy Pengelly, who slots a composed finish to open accounts.

21’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Capitalising on an ineffective defensive clearance from Brisbane City, Andy Pengelly delivers a stunning dipping half-volley from 20 yards out.

26’ – BRISBANE CITY – Jean Carlos Solorzano nods the ball across the line at close range following a lobbed ball to the back post.

71’ – BRISBANE CITY – Marquez Walters drives an overhit corner kick through the traffic from just inside the area with the ball sneaking through with the help of a deflection.

72’ – BRISBANE CITY – A cross-turned-shot from Marquez Walters forces Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott to make a parried stop before Jean Carlos Solorzano rushes in to tap in the rebound.

76’ – BRISBANE CITY – An innocuous low cross from Hayden Mchenery bobbles on the surface before taking an unkind deflection off Cade McDermott to wrong foot Bon Scott in goal.


19’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – An early release from Cade McDermott for Dong-yoo Kim results in the Korean attacker sending a shot whistling over the crossbar.

21’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly’s backheel tees up a shot from Jake McLean but the skippers effort fades wide of the target.

29’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori hits a fierce strike from the top corner of the box that swerves just wide of the near top corner.

51’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A strike on the turn from Jake McLean in the box is too close to Brisbane City goalkeeper Jake Clancy, who gathers the ball on the second attempt.

60’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A counter-attack results in Andy Pengelly picking out Dong-yoo Kim in space in the box but the he is brought undone by the ball getting trapped on the uneven surface.

64’ – BRISBANE CITY – A free-kick from the hosts results in a scramble after being headed across the face of goal by Matt Jones before the referee’s whistle scuppers the danger.

85’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly’s shot from the top of the box is tipped onto the post by Brisbane City goalkeeper Jake Clancy. Zach Maltby swoops on the rebound but his strike is straight at the goalkeeper.


Andy Pengelly – the attacker worked tirelessly to create chances for himself and his teammates as he delivered a hard-earned brace –  only denied a hat-trick by the frame of the goal.


The result sees Brisbane Strikers retain their hold on fifth position on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table ahead of Gold Coast United on goal difference.


“We knew it wouldn’t be pretty playing on that pitch but I thought we managed the game well in the first half and we had enough chances to win. However, after they scored we invited too much pressure on ourselves and didn’t deal with the way we knew they would attack us with crosses. The goals we conceded were very disappointing goals really and you can’t defend the way we did and expect to win.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach.


“We started well and we could have put them away before they scored. Every goal we conceded was the result of silly mistakes that we need to rectify going forward and bounce back next week. I don’t think it affected the result but it really was very difficult to play on that pitch, with large patches of sand and I am relieved nobody got injured stepping or turning in those areas.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.


The match marked the 700th competitive game for Brisbane Strikers – a run that started in the former National Soccer League in 1993.


Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to traditional rivals Sunshine Coast FC at Perry Park next weekend.


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