Report – Brisbane Strikers v Gold Coast Knights

Apr 23, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers received an unwanted reminder of the work left to do this season after falling 6-1 to Gold Coast Knights on Monday night.

The National Premier Leagues newcomers scored five second half goals to run away with the points at Perry Park – substitute Shannon Brady leading the returns for the visitors with a late double.

Following an evenly contested start to the contest, Brisbane Strikers went into half-time behind by only the slimmest of margins following Matthew Schmidt’s stunning opener.

However, second half goals to Sam Smith, Jarrod Kyle and Jayden Prasad added to Brady’s brace to put the contest beyond reach.

Brisbane Strikers weren’t without scoring chances in the match but could only find late consolation through a stunning solo goal from substitute Josh Matcham – his second of the campaign.

The result ends a two-match winning run for Brisbane Strikers and is their heaviest defeat of the National Premier Leagues season.

GOALS

20’  – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Matthew Schmidt opens accounts with a first-time strike from the top of the box after being teed up by Jayden Prasad.

48’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – A series of short-passes undo the Brisbane Strikers lines and concludes with Jayden Prasad slotting a low one-on-one finish past Bon Scott into the bottom corner.

59’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – A scramble in the box following a breakaway from the visitors ultimately results in Sam Smith squeezing in a finish at close range past a number of Brisbane Strikers defenders.

77’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – After Max Brown fails to convert into an open goal on the slide, Shannon Brady crosses for Jarrod Kyle to deliver a looping headed finish.

85’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – A back-tracking Gabriel Hawash clears a strike from Matthew Schmidt off the line but it is pounced on by Shannon Brady who capitalizes on the second chance.

89’  – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Taking possession in his own half, Josh Matcham embarks on a strong solo run through the heart of the Gold Coast Knights formation before delivering an inch-perfect finish into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

90+1’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – After combining with Matthew Schmidt, Max Brown sends a squaring ball from near the byline to the back post where an untracked run from Shannon Brady results in an easy tap-in.

MOMENTS

19’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Mitch Nichols steers the ball wide at the back post with an open header after being found by Matthew Schmidt’s corner kick.

33’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori’s lobbed ball releases Andy Pengelly in behind the Gold Coast Knights defensive line but he can’t find the target with a one-on-one finish on a tight angle.

37’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Sam Smith heads over the crossbar with an open header at close range after his run was picked out by Roman Hofmann’s free-kick.

58’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A lobbed pass from Jake McLean picks out the run of Andy Pengelly but his strike veers the wrong side of the near post.

71’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Matthew Schmidt latches on to a deflected cross in the penalty area but after fashioning space he sends his strike across the face of goal.

88 – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – After being slipped in behind the Brisbane Strikers lines, Jarrod Kyle sees a one-on-one strike denied by a strong save from Bon Scott before Matthew Schmidt heads over the bar with the rebound.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Fraser Hills – the diminutive midfielder put in a typically hard-working performance in the central third with his high work rate providing a bright spot on a difficult night for he and his teammates.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers remain in ninth place on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table.

REACTION

“It’s disappointing that we haven’t learned our lessons from earlier in the season. It was far too easy for Knights to score in the second half. We are in a rough patch at the minute but we can’t point fingers. We have to get on the training park and work hard. Actions speak louder than words and we have to do that as a group when we step on to the pitch.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach.

DID YOU KNOW?

The defeat sets an unwanted record for the club, with their fifth home loss of the season the most they have incurred in the National Premier Leagues era.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attentions to cross-river rivals Olympic FC with the clubs set to clash at Goodwin Park next Sunday.

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