Report – Brisbane Strikers v Gold Coast United

Mar 03, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers received an unwanted wake-up call on after succumbing to a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Gold Coast United on Saturday night.

A three-goal, three-minute first-half blitz from the visitors saw Brisbane Strikers on the backfoot early in the contest and unable to overturn the margin despite an improved second-half showing.

Winger Cian Cuba led the returns for Gold Coast United with a goal in each half, while Conor Smith and Tyler Wagstaffe also found the back of the net in the opening stanza.

Brisbane Strikers went into the match without first-choice goalkeeper Bon Scott and central defensive talisman Michael McGowan – the duo’s absence adding to an injury list that also includes fullback Hiroki Omori.

The result marks a second straight defeat for Brisbane Strikers and sees Owen Baker’s side continue to search for their first home win of the National Premier Leagues campaign.

For Gold Coast United, the win is their first ever against Brisbane Strikers in three attempts.

GOALS

14’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – Conor Smith takes a touch at the top of the box before curling his finish into the far top corner of the goal.

15’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – An unmarked Cian Cuba heads in at close range at the back post after being picked out by Tom Miller’s cross.

17’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – Tyler Wagstaffe latches onto a clearance from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Tomi Mesaric and converts with a flat driven strike from 25 yards out.

66’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – Cian Cuba touches inside from the left edge of the box and sees his strike deflect off Brisbane Strikers fullback Josh Wilson and nestle into the far top corner.

MOMENTS

6’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST UNITED – Brandon Reeves dispossesses Brisbane Strikers defender Gabriel Hawash but his low strike is saved by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Tomi Mesaric.

11’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby evades a raft of defenders at the top of the box before firing a low shot that is palmed away by Gold Coast United goalkeeper Duro Dragicevic

23’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST UNITED – Tyler Wagstaffe sends a glancing header just over the crossbar at the near post from a corner kick.

25’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST UNITED – Tom Miller is played in on goal by Conor Smith but he sends his one-on-one close range effort across the face of goal.

35’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly shoots wide of the target from the top of the box after being picked out by Fraser Hills

40’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer shoots just over the crossbar from 15 yards on the back of strong build-up from Jake McLean in the box.

65’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Looking to capitalise on a Gold Coast United defensive turnover, Andy Pengelly fires a shot just wide of the far post from the top of the box

82’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST UNITED – Curtis Stollery’s first time shot just inside the penalty area is tipped over the crossbar by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Tomi Mesaric.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers drop out of the top four to eighth behind Magpies Crusaders United on goal difference. Depending on the final result in the round, Brisbane Strikers could yet fall a further place to ninth.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Seb Scaroni (midfield) – one of three half-time substitutions, the young impact player delivered plenty of energy in attack and defence to set the platform for a more competitive second half showing from Brisbane Strikers.

REACTION

“Obviously it is a major disappointment. I can only apologise to the fans that came out to watch us because it was a poor performance. There are no excuses and maybe it has given us a bit of a wake up call. There are lessons there for us about how we respond when we concede goals. As a group we have to stick together and make sure we respond next week.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach.

“The players need to step up now. We need to bounce back next week and I think we can all pull a bit extra out. We have to keep the energy up, show a bit of a character and make sure there is no repeat. We certainly don’t want this to snowball into the coming weeks.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain

DID YOU KNOW?

In three clashes to date between Brisbane Strikers and Gold Coast United, the winning side has netted four goals on each occasion.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers return to Perry Park for a third straight home fixture when they host Moreton Bay United on Saturday night – a rematch of the 2015 NPL Queensland Grand Final.

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