Report – Brisbane Strikers v Brisbane Roar Youth

Apr 14, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers notched their first home win of the National Premier Leagues season with a solid 1-0 showing against Brisbane Roar Youth.

A first-half strike from Cade McDermott in his league debut was book-ended by a stoic Brisbane Strikers defensive showing as the team posted their third clean sheet of the season.

The hosts dominated the scoring chances in the second half, however, solid saves from Brisbane Roar Youth goalkeeper Mackline Freke prevented them from adding to their tally.

The result ends a six-match winless run in the National Premier Leagues for Brisbane Strikers and comes on the back of a club record result in their mid-week FFA Cup tie.


33’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Cade McDermott delivers the decisive blow with a composed first-time finish from a cutback from Matt Gordon.


12’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A dangerous low ball to the back post for Fraser Hills is almost turned into his own net by Brisbane Roar Youth defender Emlyn Wellsmore

24’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori’s defence-splitting pass plays Andy Pengelly through on goal but his effort is denied by Brisbane Roar Youth goalkeeper Macklin Freke

28’ – BRISBANE ROAR YOUTH – Bon Scott delivers a sharp, full-stretched save to deny a shot from distance from Eduardo Castaneda

41’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills spots an opportunity to catch Macklin Freke off his line and sends forward an audacious lob from 40 yards out that is just over the crossbar.

43’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean is teed up at the top of the box and delivers a low drive that is pushed away by Macklin Freke

54’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly wins the battle for a long, lobbed pass and touches back for Jake McLean but his shot flashes high of the target.

75’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori lays off for a late run from Andy Pengelly but his venomous strike is tipped over the bar by the faintest of touches from Macklin Freke

77’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills’ pass plays Hiroki Omori into space in the box and the fullback is only denied by a point-blank stop from Macklin Freke.

82’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Gabriel Hawash fashions space for a shot at close range from a corner but his shot fizzes over the crossbar.

88’ – BRISBANE ROAR YOUTH – Mirza Muratovic gets a clear sight on goal in the penalty area after Gabriel Hawash loses his footing in defence but he scuffs his shot well wide of the target.


Cade McDermott – fresh off his prominent role in the FFA Cup mid week, the young midfielder backed it up in his league debut with a strong all-round performance in addition to his winning strike.


Brisbane Strikers’ third win of the season lifts them to ninth in the competition standings, however they could move up or down a position depending on the remaining results of the split round.


“It was a tough game and although we created lots of chances we also had to dig deep and put our bodies on the line at times. The Roar have a lot of energy and physicality and there was an intensity tonight that wasn’t there in the FFA Cup game. We rose to that and showed some toughness on the mental side of things – the boys worked really hard for that clean sheet.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach

“It was a good team performance. There were a few things we can work still on but it was good that we held it out for ninety minutes for the clean sheet. The Roar have a lot of good attacking players but there was a desperation there that stopped them from getting clean cut chances. Our young players are coming through and there are some good signs there for their confidence.“ – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain


The result continues Brisbane Strikers run of home wins against Brisbane Roar Youth in the National Premier Leagues to six straight matches since 2014.


Brisbane Strikers return to action in the unfamiliar time slot of Easter Monday when they host third-placed Gold Coast Knights.


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