Report – Brisbane Strikers v Brisbane City

Apr 01, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers’ frustrating run of defeats has continued after falling 3-1 to Brisbane City on Saturday night.

A promising first-half performance, including a change of formation and the return of key players, saw Owen Baker’s side take a single goal lead into half-time through Hiroki Omori.

However, a three-goal turnaround from the visitors saw Brisbane Strikers succumb to their third straight defeat. The result came in the twentieth derby between the two clubs.

The Brisbane City fightback commenced just seconds into the second half through Alex Fiechtner, before off-season recruits Jean Carlos Solorzano and Adam Edgar secured the visitors just their second win of the season.

The result continues a disappointing run of home results for Brisbane Strikers – with the team yet to win at Perry Park in five attempts this season.

However, the match delivered positives for supporters with the return of captain Jake McLean and defender Michael McGowan to the starting line-up and the team ending their run of four matches without scoring a goal.

GOALS

45’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori delivers the opener with a strong finish after being picked out in the box by Fraser Hills.

46’ – BRISBANE CITY – Alex Fiechtner capitalises on a miscued clearance from fullback Matt Gordon with a low finish in the box.

56’ – BRISBANE CITY – Jean Carlos Solorzano is found in space inside the box and converts with a low finish with the outside of the boot.

74’ – BRISBANE CITY – An early ball releases Sam Sibatuara in space and he crosses low for Adam Edgar to tuck away the first finish on the burst.

MOMENTS

6’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills is picked out in the box by Jake McLean but his shot on the turn is collected by Brisbane City goalkeeper Jake Clancy

26’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE CITY – Alex Fietchner latches on to a loose ball at the top of the box but he sends his shot fizzing over the crossbar.

29’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills is teed up inside the box by Jake McLean but his shot deflects across the face of goal.

37’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE CITY – Alex Fietchner is played in behind but sends his shot across the face of goal.

43’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE CITY – Bon Scott delivers a sharp save to push away a first-time strike through a crowded penalty area from Kai Fiechtner.

47’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A vicious volley from Zach Maltby deflects across the face of the goal with appeals for a handball waived away by the referee.

53’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE CITY – Jean Carlos Solorzano tees up Adam Edgar at the top of the box but he sends his shot high and wide of the target.

84’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Gabriel Hawash’s looping header comes off the crossbar and his cleared by the Brisbane City defence.

86’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean sees his shot skim off the top of the crossbar from the top of the box.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Hiroki Omori (fullback) – another energetic performance from the Japanese fan favourite as he continues to return to his best following an injury lay-off. His goal was his first of the season.

REACTION

“The first half was a good reaction from the lads and we scored at the perfect time to go in ahead. But in the second half we lost control of the game. It became too transitional and we made mistakes. When you are in a lull and you don’t take your chances you can’t afford mistakes. We probably had to grind out a 1-0 tonight and we simply didn’t do that.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach.

“It’s good to be back from injury but it wasn’t an ideal result to come back to. We had glimpses where we played well but it is unacceptable to be beaten 3-1 at home. There are some good signs but there are also some players that are not up to standard at the moment. We all have to lift – myself included – and hopefully we can see some improvement.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers remain in tenth position in the competition standings, however they could drop to eleventh by the round’s conclusion based on other results.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks the first time Brisbane City have ever defeated Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park in eleven attempts dating back to 2005.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers will turn their attentions to the FFA Cup when they host Football Queensland Premier League side Souths United at Perry Park on Tuesday week.

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