Report – Brisbane Strikers v Olympic FC

Aug 18, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers are back to winning ways following an emphatic 4-1 win over cross-town rivals Olympic FC on Saturday night.

Owen Baker’s side netted twice in each half at Perry Park against their top-four opponents to formally seal a fifth placed National Premier Leagues finish.

Andy Pengelly continued his recent rich vein of scoring form with a quick-fire first half brace before captain Jake McLean and substitute Josh Matcham rounded out the result in the second half.

Resting key players ahead of their midweek FFA Cup tie, Olympic FC’s sole consolation came late in the contest courtesy of a fortuitous cross-turned-shot from debutant Jayden Dee against the run of play.

The performance sees Brisbane Strikers return to form following a disappointing away defeat to Gold Coast Knights in their previous match.

The match also marked the 50th competitive appearance of defensive talisman Michael McGowan.

GOALS

41’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly delivers a signature close range finish at the near post from a Hiroki Omori cutback.

42’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Dribbling strongly into the box under pressure, Andy Pengelly threads the needle to beat Olympic FC goalkeeper Brandon Cuminao at his near post on the angle.

58’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean converts with a stunning strike into the top corner from the top of the goal.

73’ – OLYMPIC FC – A cross-turned-shot from Jayden Dee wide on the right flanks floats over the head of Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott and nestles in at the back post.

89’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A deflected squaring pass falls kindly for Josh Matcham, who drives home the finish from 10 yards.

MOMENTS

12’ – CHANCE – OLYMPIC FC – Daniel Driver’s free-kick from just outside 20 yards draws a stunning tipped save from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

25’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean plays through Andy Pengelly but his shot is pushed wide by a full-stretched save from Brandon Cuminao

27’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Considered passing build-up results in a sight on goal from Fraser Hills at the top of the box but he scoops his shot high.

30’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Short passes from Jake McLean and Fraser Hills result in a chance for Andy Pengelly but his shot is just wide of the near post on a tight angle.

31’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly draws a save on a tight angle from Brandon Cuminao with the deflection bouncing agonizingly across the face of goal.

63’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A swift passing movement results in a shot from Andy Pengelly but Brandon Cuminao makes a low save.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Matt Richardson – the young defender continued his outstanding season’s progress with a composed defensive performance that nullified the visitor’s attack for the majority of the contest.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result moves Brisbane Strikers into a secure fifth placed on the table ahead of Gold Coast United and Redlands United, with two matches remaining in the league season.

COACH’S REACTION

“We wanted three points tonight to wrap up fifth place. It wasn’t the most exciting game but we did what we had to do. We didn’t have to work as hard as the Wellington game and that means it gave us an opportunity to work up to the next FFA Cup game and get some young players on the pitch, which is important.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach.

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“It wasn’t the Olympic team they can put out but that is understandable. Our lads stayed professional and played some good football. It wasn’t a tough game, so we conserved a bit of energy and everyone will be fresh going into next week with a trip to Mackay and then the FFA Cup game against Manly.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks the thirteenth time this season Brisbane Strikers have netted four or more goals in a match.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to their final away trip of the league campaign against Mackay and Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United next weekend.

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