Report – Brisbane Strikers v Sunshine Coast FC

Jul 21, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have rewritten the record books with an unprecedented 12-1 win over Sunshine Coast FC on Saturday night.

A host of club and competition records were broken in the National Premier Leagues match at Perry Park as Brisbane Strikers emphatically reclaimed fifth position on the competition table.

The scoring blitz was led by striker Andy Pengelly, who netted an NPL Queensland record of nine goals in the match to lift his season’s tally to over 40 goals in all competitions.

Attacker Zach Maltby also chimed in with a hat-trick and a raft of assists in his return to the starting line-up in what proved an attacking masterclass by the hosts.

The result marks Brisbane Strikers largest ever win in a competitive match – surpassing a 10-0 win over Bundaberg Spirit in the former Queensland State League in 2009 – and the most goals scored by the team in a single match.

The sole consolation for the bottom-of-the-table Sunshine Coast FC came in the second half courtesy of a goal to substitute Ulukan Ciftci.

GOALS

6’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby opens the scoring with a strong finish at close range from Jake McLean’s squared pass.

22’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby wins possession in the attacking third and slips a squaring ball for Andy Pengelly to tuck away his first of the night.

26’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher picks out Andy Pengelly at close range with a cross from the right and the attacker dutifully slots the finish.

30’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Pouncing on a parried save, Zach Maltby wriggles past the Sunshine Coast FC defence in the box before laying off for Andy Pengelly to convert with another first time finish.

34’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori is played into space by Ryan Palmer before the Japanese fullback’s squares the ball for Andy Pengelly to convert at point-blank range.

44’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hill’s lobbed pass picks out the run of Andy Pengelly, who brings it down before tucking away a composed finish on the angle.

55’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Taking possession at the top of the box, Zach Maltby skins a pair of Sunshine Coast FC defenders before tucking away a well-placed near post finish.

62’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A full-field passing movement results in Ryan Palmer slipping a ball for the run of Zach Maltby, who finishes smartly passed the onrushing goalkeeper Eligh Williams.

67’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – After winning possession in midfield, Andy Pengelly and Zach Maltby combine for a one-two that results in Andy Pengelly slotting another low finish home.

75’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly controls the ball at the top of the box before sending an inch-perfect finish into the bottom corner.

76’ – SUNSHINE COAST FC – A deflection falls kindly for Ulukan Ciftci at the top of the box and he converts the opportunity with a first-time strike.

77’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer’s early ball from midfield releases Andy Pengelly in behind the lines and he slots the finish past the onrushing Eligh Williams.

85’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A corner kick is nodded down by Matt Richardson where Andy Pengelly opportunistically tucks it across the line from the edge of the six-yard box.

MOMENTS

11’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby weaves through a raft of Sunshine Coast FC defenders at the top of the box before sending his ensuing shot wide.

14’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – The ball pinballs around the box as Andy Pengelly and Jake McLean see their efforts blocked before Hiroki Omori steers a shot on the base of the back post.

52’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A sharp series of passes tees up Andy Pengelly in the penalty area but this time his shot deflects off a defender to go wide of the post.

64’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly plays a ball for the run of Ryan Palmer in behind the Sunshine Coast FC defence but his strike is foiled on a tight angle by goalkeeper Eligh Williams.

67’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean nods a lobbed pass to the feet of Andy Pengelly but he sends his shot blazing across the face of goal.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Andy Pengelly – the attacker’s record breaking nine goal haul showed composure and positional awareness to capitalise on the build-up play and delivery from a number of teammates.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers move into outright fifth position on the NPL Queensland table and bolstering the team’s goal difference to a season’s best of +15.

COACH’S REACTION

“It was very pleasing. Tonight was about applying ourselves and we not only did that well for the first 45 minutes but again in the second half, which a lot of teams don’t do. We didn’t enjoy our football much last week, so it was good to get the feeling back again. There was a bit of squad management tonight but I also wanted the boys to be putting their hands up for the FFA Cup game coming up and they certainly did that.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks only the third time Brisbane Strikers have notched a double figure score in the club’s history – achieving the feat twice this season after humbling Souths United 10-1 in the FFA Cup.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers will take a break from competitive football with a bye next weekend before returning in an away clash with Brisbane Roar Youth early next month.

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