Report – Brisbane Strikers v Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United

May 05, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have capped off their best week of the season to date with a commanding 6-0 win over Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United on Saturday night.

The hosts were in complete control at Perry Park as they put their Mackay-based opponents to the sword with six unanswered goals, led by a maiden National Premier Leagues hat-trick to attacker Andy Pengelly.

Midfielder Ryan Palmer marked his return to the starting line-up with a classy brace, while substitute Josh Matcham underlined his status as an impact player with a stunning strike to ice the result.

The return in front of goal was complemented by a fortified defensive performance as Owen Baker’s side notched their fourth clean sheet of the season – goalkeeper Bon Scott again shining in goal.

The result comes hot on the heels of Brisbane Strikers’ mid-week FFA Cup triumph over Lions FC and last weekend’s gritty away draw to title-contenders Olympic FC.

Brisbane Strikers have now lost just once in their last six matches in all competitions – netting 22 goals and recording two home shut-outs in the process.

GOALS

6’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer opens accounts with a composed low finish after being played in on goal by Jake McLean.

19’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Considered passing build-up again sees Jake McLean playing a neat lobbed pass to pick out Andy Pengelly, who tucks away side-footed finish.

49’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer secures his second by shaking a pair of defenders and then delivering a stunning strike from 25 yards out that grazes the underside of the crossbar.

55’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly sees his initial effort from Dongyoo Kim’s cross saved by goalkeeper Mitchell Wright before a brief scramble sees him convert with the second chance at close range.

64’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher and Dongyoo Kim combine on the right to open up the visitor’s defences before Maher slips a neat ball in behind the line for Andy Pengelly to convert with a one-on-one finish.

86’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Given space outside the penalty area, Josh Matcham threads the needle with a pin-point finish into the bottom corner.

MOMENTS

15’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – A cross from the left is met by Michael Lyall but his glancing header is denied by a sharp save from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

21’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Spotting goalkeeper Mitchell Wright off his line, Jake McLean attempts an audacious lob from near-on half-way. The crowd thinks it is in but it just floated just over the crossbar.

31’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Dongyoo Kim’s lobbed pass picks out Pengelly who takes a touch past Mitchell Wright, but the Magpies Crusaders keeper recovers to deflect the ensuing strike across the face of goal.

33’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – Jayden Connor steers a snap shot at goal from a free-kick through a crowded penalty area but Bon Scott is up to task to tip it around his near post.

43’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – Jayden Connor rises highest from a Michael Lyall corner kick but sends his headed effort high of the target.

58’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS- Andy Pengelly is released through one-on-one by Ryan Palmer’s through ball but the onrushing Mitchell Wright gets just enough on the shot to deflect it wide.

78’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Substitutes combine as Scott Halliday picks out Josh Matcham in the box but his ensuing shot is pushed away by a diving Mitchell Wright.

REACTION

“I’m very proud of the boys. We showed patience and that was the most important thing tonight. We were clinical and the lads really kept pushing in the second half and then the clean sheet was massive as well. The boys can take a lot of confidence out of the past seven days. Hopefully we have turned a corner but we will take it one game at a time from here.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach

“We have kept the momentum going and it is good signs for us. We wanted to come out of the traps early and put the pressure on them early. It’s great to see the lads working together to get these results. Confidence is high amongst the boys. When you play with confidence and are enjoying your football it can make a big difference.“ – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain

NPL TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers remain in eighth position on the league table, however, they narrow the margin between themselves and the top half of the table, with Moreton Bay United and Eastern Suburbs sitting immediately ahead.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks the biggest win for Brisbane Strikers in the National Premier Leagues since the previous visit of Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United – a 7-0 result in the final match of the 2018 season.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers travel to Ipswich next weekend as they tackle Western Pride at Briggs Road Sporting Complex in the final fixture of the first-half of the National Premier Leagues Queensland season.

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