Report – Brisbane Strikers v Eastern Suburbs FC

Jul 07, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers are back to winning ways following an emphatic 5-2 victory over cross-river rivals Eastern Suburbs FC at Perry Park.

Seeking to bounce back from a last start defeat, Brisbane Strikers controlled large portions of the contest on a rainy Saturday night to storm into fifth place on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table.

Jake McLean and Dong-yoo Kim lead the returns for the hosts with a brace apiece to build on an early opener from club leading goal scorer Andy Pengelly.

Eastern Suburbs FC found consolation through former Brisbane Strikers duo Scot Coulson and Jordan Farina, who netted a goal in each half for the visitors.

The result marks a tenth win in the last twelve matches in all competitions for Brisbane Strikers – a run that extends back to the start of May.

Owen Baker’s side have now scored in 17 straight matches in all competitions marking their best attacking run since he took charge of the team last season.

GOALS

6’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A sublime through ball from Jake McLean feeds the run of Andy Pengelly, who then converts with a composed one-on-one finish past Eastern Suburbs FC goalkeeper Sam Long.

20’ – EASTERN SUBURBS FC – An innocuous free-kick from Scot Coulson takes an unexpected bounce in the wet conditions that catches out Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

21’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean chests a partial clearance on the edge of the penalty area before delivering a dipping half-volley finish in off the crossbar.

31’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Dong-yoo Kim’s run is picked out by a lobbed pass from Fraser Hills and the Korean attacker keeps his cool to shake a defender before slotting and angled finish.

52’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Finding space outside the penalty area, Jake McLean spots over Eastern Suburbs FC goalkeeper Sam Long off his line and capitalises with a pin-point lobbed strike.

58’ – EASTERN SUBURBS FC – A early ball into the box from Scot Coulson is not cleared by the Brisbane Strikers defence, allowing Jordan Farina to pick up the scraps and score on the turn.

90+2’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly’s header draws a parried stop from Sam Long allowing Dong-yoo Kim to drive the rebound into the back of the net.

MOMENTS

17’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori’s early ball releases Andy Pengelly in the attacking third but his ensuing shot flashes across the face of goal.

23’ – CHANCE – EASTERN SUBURBS – Preston Hugo’s stooping header deflects off defender Hiroki Omori and into the crossbar.

42’ – CHANCE – EASTERN SUBURBS – A long range drive from Heongjoon Son draws a diving save from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

69’ – CHANCE – EASTERN SUBURBS – A long range strike from Ryan Cavanagh calls on Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper to deliver an astute tipped save over the bar.

80’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – An athletic strike from Dong-yoo Kim draws a sharp save from Sam Long following a miscued Eastern Suburbs FC defensive clearance.

88’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly is played through on the counter by substitute Zach Maltby but his strike deflects over the crossbar.

84’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly’s squaring pass sets up a strike from Fraser Hills but the midfielder his foiled by a parried stop from Sam Long.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

Brisbane Strikers now move ahead of Eastern Suburbs FC into fifth place on the league table but could fall back to sixth depending on other results on Sunday.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Dong-yoo Kim – the dynamic attacker was relentless both on and off the ball in the attacking third in a full ninety minute performance to mark his return to the starting line-up.

COACH’S REACTION

“I thought we were comfortable tonight. We made two mistakes to concede the two goals but we created some of the best chances we have created all year. It is a testament to the lads that we scored five goals. We bounced back from last week and now we move up the table which is always nice.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“After last week we wanted to put in a good performance and everyone really put the effort in. The two goals were pretty sloppy but we were good going forward and keeping the ball. The ball was zipping around in the wet and I love that – the surface really holds up well here and it is good to play on.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

The match marked the first time Brisbane Strikers had hosted Eastern Suburbs FC at Perry Park in a competitive match since the 2006 Brisbane Premier League season.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to a NPL Queensland derby showdown with near neighbours Brisbane City at CTM Stadium next Saturday.

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