Report – Brisbane Strikers v Manly United

Aug 29, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers are through to the FFA Cup Quarter Finals for the first time after trumping Manly United 1-0 at Perry Park.

A sole second half goal from Matt Richardson proved decisive for the hosts as they became the first ever Brisbane-based club to advance beyond the Round of 16 in front of 1240 supporters on Wednesday night.

Brisbane Strikers demonstrated plenty of defensive resilience in the hard-fought contest, with goalkeeper Bon Scott making a number of crucial saves to frustrate the visitors late in the contest.

The only low point for Brisbane Strikers was an injury-time red card to midfielder Scott Halliday following a second bookable offence.

The win extends Brisbane Strikers’ run of form to three straight wins in all competitions ahead of this weekend’s final match of the National Premier Leagues campaign.

Brisbane Strikers will host NPL2 Victoria outfit Moreland Zebras in the FFA Cup Quarter Finals on September 18 at Perry Park.

GOALS

61’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – An inviting floated free-kick from Jake McLean is complemented by an arcing headed finish from Matt Richardson into the top corner of the goal.

MOMENTS

7’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer scoots past his marker and fires on the angle forcing Manly United goalkeeper Dylan Mitchell

23’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills squaring ball is met first time by Andy Pengelly but he skies his shot high of the target.

26’ – CHANCE _ BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean turns sharply to create space before firing a shot just outside the box but it is tipped away by Dylan Mitchell.

27’ – CHANCE – MANLY UNITED – Brendan Cholakian hits a volleyed effort from a corner but it is parried away by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

35’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills plays Andy Pengelly through one-on-one but Manly United goalkeeper Dylan Mitchell gets enough on the shot to deflect it over the bar.

52’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A quick counter-attack results in a shot from Ryan Palmer that flies inches wide of the top corner.

58’ – CHANCE – MANLY UNITED – Harry McCarthy wriggles his way into the box but his one-on-one strike is pushed away by Bon Scott.

75’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Released by a cross-field ball from Jake McLean, Fraser Hills looks to chip the keeper but his effort is denied by the crossbar.

84’ – CHANCE – MANLY UNITED – Brendan Cholakian’s firm strike on a tight angle is tipped over the bar by the alert Bon Scott.

87’ – CHANCE – MANLY UNITED – Another strong hit from Brendan Cholakian again sees Bon Scott deliver a top-shelf, tipped save.

90+2’ – RED CARD – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Midfielder Scott Halliday is shown his second yellow card of the contest following an ill-timed challenge in midfield and is dismissed.

FFA CUP PROGRESS

Brisbane Strikers become the final Queensland club remaining in the competition. They join fellow National Premier Leagues clubs Hume City and Moreland Zebras, as well as Hyundai A-League clubs Melbourne City, Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners, Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United in the final eight.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Matt Richardson – the young defender worked hard in the backline to keep the visitors at bay in addition to scoring the decisive goal with a classy header.

COACH’S REACTION

“I’m very proud. I knew it would be a low-scoring game and in the second half we had to defend and defend is what we did. Our team spirit and attitude got us through in the end. The boys are together at the moment and really bonding as a group. The crowd were fantastic and I know the boys really got a lift from that.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“It’s an amazing achievement to be the first Strikers team to make the quarters and being the only Queensland team left in the cup. It was a full ninety minutes performance from every player. We have really stucked together this season, working hard and we have come into form at the right time of year.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks Brisbane Strikers first clean sheet of the 2019 FFA Cup campaign and the first time the team has posted back-to-back clean sheets this season.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to their final National Premier Leagues match of the season against relegation-threatened Western Pride at Perry Park on Saturday night.

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