Report – Brisbane Strikers v Olympic FC

Apr 29, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers reminded their National Premier Leagues rivals of their fighting spirit following a hard-fought 1-1 away draw with Olympic FC on Sunday night.

Coming off the back of a heavy last-start defeat, Owen Baker’s side delivered a stirring response at Goodwin Park as they earned a point against their cross-rival derby opponents.

Andy Pengelly’s goal shortly after the half-hour – his first in the league since February – proved crucial for Strikers as they cancelled out Olympic FC’s first-half opener.

Earlier, a controversial penalty decision saw Olympic FC take the lead through a Chris Lucas spot kick.

Both sides had chances to claim the points in the second half but could not find the back of the net a second time – with Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott proving a stand-out with a number of saves.

The result sees Brisbane Strikers now unbeaten in three of their last four matches in all competitions.

It also continues a strong record at Goodwin Park in recent seasons – where Brisbane Strikers have not been defeated since 2015.

GOALS

17– OLYMPIC FC – The hosts are awarded a penalty after Kristen Waters takes a tumble in the box from a corner. Attacker Chris Lucas converting the ensuing penalty kick.

35’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A free-kick floated into the box by Hiroki Omori evades Olympic FC defence allowing Andy Pengelly to tuck away a composed finish at the back post.

MOMENTS

7’ – CHANCE – OLYMPIC FC – Jez Lofthouse cuts inside from the left wing and goes in search of the top corner but Bon Scott is up to task to tip the ball away for a corner.

25’ – CHANCE – OLYMPIC FC – Bon Scott again proves up to task with a pair of sharp stops to deny Chris Lucas and Costa Psaros in quick time.

40’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Dongyoo Kim’s cross from the right finds Andy Pengelly in a promising position but his header is too close to Olympic FC goalkeeper Brandon Cuminao.

42’ – CHANCE – OLYMPIC FC – Costa Psaros heads wide of the target at the back post after his run is found by Chris Lucas’ cross.

49’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A lobbed ball from Jake McLean releases Andy Pengelly in behind the Olympic FC lines but Brandon Cuminao rushes out to take the ball from his feet in the box.

60’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly muscles his way past a defender on the left before cutting inside but his shot is parried by Brandon Cuminao

80’ – CHANCE – OLYMPIC FC – Zelfy Nazary’s lobbed pass finds Kazuya Ito in the box for the hosts but his strike is pushed away by Bon Scott at his near post.

81’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Josh Matcham battles hard to create space on the right before delivering a cross to Andy Pengelly but his glancing header is just wide of the far post.

88’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – An Olympic FC defensive error opens the door for Andy Pengelly to break through on goal – he looks to chip Brandon Cuminao but the gloveman does just enough to tip it away.

90+1’ – CHANCE – OLYMPIC FC – A long range drive from Matt Mundy is on target but Bon Scott extends himself to tip away with a full-stretch save.

REACTION

“Taking a point at Olympic is never easy to do. It was a solid team performance and everyone put in a shift. It was also a big step-up from last week and I think we really needed to respond. We have taken points of a big team and we can take that confidence with us going forward.“ – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain

“Olympic have some quality players and we knew we had to defend well. We sat a little deeper and reshuffled the back four a little bit and it worked for us. At the other end we were happy with the number of chances we created considering how much ball we had. The boys have set a standard in commitment and they worked hard for the result.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brisbane Strikers have now scored in their last five matches in all competitions with the spoils shared between six different goal scorers.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn attention to the FFA Cup when they travel to Lions Stadium on Wednesday night to face-off against Lions FC.

Image supplied by Patrick Leigh Perspectives / Olympic FC

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