Report – Brisbane Strikers v Peninsula Power

Feb 24, 2019 by

A promising fightback fell just short as Brisbane Strikers incurred a narrow 2-1 defeat to Peninsula Power on Saturday night at Perry Park.

Two second-half goals from Peninsula Power midfielder Sam Cronin proved decisive as the visitors secured the points in a see-sawing contest that saw Brisbane Strikers stand toe-to-toe with one of the National Premier Leagues’ form sides.

Substitute Josh Matcham’s first goal of the season set the stage for a tense finish that saw Power hold on despite Brisbane Strikers’ dominating possession and creating a number of late half-chances.

Earlier, Brisbane Strikers failed to capitalise on their early dominance, while goalkeeper Bon Scott made a number of telling saves as Power gained the ascendency either side of half-time.

The result puts paid to Brisbane Strikers’ unbeaten start to the National Premier Leagues season, however, the club remains in the top four in the competition standings.

GOALS

52’ – PENINSULA POWER – Sam Cronin opens accounts for the visitors after evading the attentions of a raft of defenders with a run across the top of the penalty area.

70’ – PENINSULA POWER – Sam Cronin is found in space at the top of the box by Sekou Jomanday and converts with a strike into the bottom corner.

77’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Josh Matcham delivers a well-placed, stooping header past goalkeeper Jake Reesby after being picked out in space by a pin-point cross from Fraser Hills.

MOMENTS

7’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A squaring ball from Andy Pengelly flashes across the face of goal just ahead of the run of Ryan Palmer.

19’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby slips a ball for the diagonal run of Andy Pengelly but he pushes his shot on the turn beyond the far post.

21’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly shoots over the cross from the top of the box after a high press forces Peninsula Power to turnover possession in their own third.

31’ – CHANCE – PENINSULA POWER – Brenton Fox cuts inside on the left side of the box before curling a shot wide of the far post.

37’ – CHANCE – PENINSULA POWER – Thomas Strickland draws a sharp low save from goalkeeper Bon Scott before Lewis Greenwood sees his follow-up crash off the crossbar.

58’ – CHANCE – PENINSULA POWER – Joshua Woolley and Brenton Fox combine to fashion space but goalkeeper Bon Scott’s outstretched leg denies Fox’s ensuing shot.

59’ – CHANCE – PENINSULA POWER – Bon Scott makes another strong stop as he tips Thomas Strickland’s long-range effort around the post at full-stretch.

75’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Composed build-up results in a squaring ball from Zach Maltby that flashes across the face of goal ahead of the run of Andy Pengelly.

90+3’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Sharp passing in the box sees Jake McLean fire a strong shot on the turn but it is held by goalkeeper Jake Reesby.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers fall one place to fourth on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table – a position they will hold into the next round despite two matches remaining in the round.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Scott Halliday (midfielder) – continuing to assert himself in the centre of the formation, the hard-working defensive midfielder showed his importance as a crucial link in both attack and defence through-out the see-sawing contest.

REACTIONS

“We came out slow in the second half and were punished for that. But we take a lot of heart out of the way we finished the game. We are still new as a team and it would’ve been easy for us to fold but we didn’t do that. But it really was an arm wrestle of a game. The margins are close at the moment and with a little bit more time together we will have more cohesion and put away the early or the late chances.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

“It takes time for a new team to gel. It doesn’t happen overnight and there is a transitional period at any level. We are starting to link up and get our combinations happening. It will build and build and we will continue to improve. We have seen plenty of teams build into seasons before and I am confident we will do the same and have a good year.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks the first time Peninsula Power have ever defeated Brisbane Strikers in a league match.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers return to Perry Park next Saturday night to host seventh-placed Gold Coast United

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