Report – Brisbane Strikers v Lions FC

Jun 30, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have succumbed to their first home defeat since April after falling 4-1 to Lions FC on Saturday night.

The second-placed Lions FC proved more clinical in the National Premier Leagues encounter at Perry Park to quash Brisbane Strikers hopes of a winning return to their home ground following a a run of four away matches.

Brisbane Strikers found consolation through a stunning late strike from substitute Dong-yoo Kim – his second goal in as many weeks – but were ultimately unable to match their opponents on the night.

Joe Duckworth did the bulk of the damage for the visitors with a goal in each half, before further second half goals from Joshua Brindell-South and Shaun Carlos sealed the points.

Brisbane Strikers’ hopes of a fightback were thwarted by Lions goalkeeper Luke Borean, who delivered a pair of stunning second half saves to deny Jake McLean and Andy Pengelly in a matter of minutes.

The result puts paid to a three-match winning run for Brisbane Strikers but marks just their third defeat in their past fifteen matches in all competitions.

GOALS

24’ – LIONS FC – Shaun Carlos swoops on a heavy touch in the Brisbane Strikers backline to lay off for Joe Duckworth, who turns in a well placed finish.

50’ – LIONS FC – The visitors pounce following a turnover in midfield as Mitch Hore squares for Joe Duckworth to slot a close range finish to secure his brace.

56’ – LIONS FC – Joshua Brindell-South sends a curling strike into the top corner after touching inside on the left side of the box to create space.

72’ – LIONS FC – Shaun Carlos picks his spot with a powerful headed finish from Andy Thompson’s cross.

84’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Substitute Dong-Yoo Kim delivers a stinging strike from the top corner of the penalty area.

MOMENTS

6’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Joshua Brindell-South lines up a first time angled strike from inside the area but sends it well high of the target

13’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A through ball from Scott Halliday picks out the run of Andy Pengelly but his shot is smothered by the onrushing Luke Borean in the Lions FC goal.

17’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – A firm strike from distance by Joshua Brindell-South is parried away by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott

26’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly turns well under pressure at the top of the box but pokes his strike just wide of the target

31’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Matija Simic wins the wrestle for position from a Lions FC corner kick but his back post header is wide.

44’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – A turnover sees Lions FC surge forward on the counter attack but Joe Duckworth’s one-on-one attempt is thwarted by a strong stop from onrushing Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

68’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean’s firm free-kick from outside 25 yards is palmed away by Lions FC goalkeeper Luke Borean.

69’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A pin-point cross from substitute Zach Maltby picks out the run of Andy Pengelly but his first-time strike is somehow denied by Luke Borean at point-blank range.

77’ – – CHANCE – LIONS FC – A scramble in the box results in a shot from Marek Madle come off the post then blocked on the line by the well-positioned Matt Richardson.

84’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby pulls the trigger from outside the area but his effort is wide of the target.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Lloyd Cabilan – The young fullback proved a solid replacement for the injured Chris Maher in his first competitive start for Brisbane Strikers providing a post-match positive for Brisbane Strikers on an otherwise difficult night.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers hold steady in seventh position and remain in the top half of the National Premier Leagues Queensland table.

COACH’S REACTION

“We got Lions on a good night – they played well and credit to them – but we were also off tonight. Initially our passes weren’t sticking and we weren’t aggressive enough in the final third. We gave them too much space and they punished our mistakes. I don’t think it’s a reality check or anything like that – we still had chances and moments but they didn’t go in tonight.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“It wasn’t the best performance given the run we have been on but Lions are a top team. They have a lot to play for in the league now after we knocked them out of the cup so they just wanted it a bit more tonight. They outworked us and deserved the win. A couple of good saves kept us out but I don’t think it affected the result too much.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result extends a marked rivalry between the clubs in different competitions, with Lions FC winning the last four league meetings, while Brisbane Strikers have prevailed in the last four cup ties between the sides.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers return to Perry Park next weekend when they host sixth-placed Eastern Suburbs FC at Perry Park.

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