Report – Brisbane Strikers v SWQ Thunder

Feb 03, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers secured their first competition points of the season after being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by SWQ Thunder on Saturday night.

Despite dominating the chances at Perry Park in their National Premier Leagues Queensland season opener, Brisbane Strikers had to settle for a share of the points with their Toowoomba-based opponents.

Following a scoreless first-half, off-season recruit Andy Pengelly netted his first competitive goal Brisbane Strikers early in the second half for a deserved lead.

However, the advantage proved short lived as Solomon Islands international James Egeta levelled terms less than a minute later for SWQ Thunder.

Brisbane Strikers frustrations were evident as they struck the frame of goal in each half of contest, while a number injury stoppages halted the momentum as the home side pushed for a winner in the closing half-hour.

Goals

53’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A quick free-kick from Fraser Hills found Chris Maher in space on the right before he delivered a pin-point cross for Andy Pengelly to volley home at close range.

54’ – SWQ THUNDER – James Egeta netted an opportunistic equaliser on the follow-through after Bon Scott parried a cutback from Keanu Tuart.

Moments

4’ – CHANCE – SWQ THUNDER – An early opportunity for Kimba Kibombo is repelled as Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott saved his initial strike before Chris Maher cleared a second attempt off the line at the back post.

9’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills burrows through the SWQ Thunder defensive line to fashion a one-on-one scoring chance but his shot is saved by goalkeeper Matthew Eilers

14’ – CHANCE – – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills slips a ball through for the run of Andy Pengelly but his one-on-one attempt is tipped wide by goalkeeper Matthew Eilers.

21’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A deflected strike from Andy Pengelly fell kindly for Ryan Palmer but his shot flashed across the face of goal on a tight angle.

38’ | CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Captain Jake McLean sees his deflected strike bounce back off the post before being collected by goalkeeper Matthew Eilers.

42’ | CHANCE – SWQ THUNDER – Lachlan Dunn gets in behind the Brisbane Strikers defence and sends a shot flashing across the face of goal on a tight angle.

61’ | CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A free-flowing passing move results in Ryan Palmer’s strike bouncing off the crossbar before Fraser Hill’s follow-up attempt is cleared behind.

71’ | CHANCE – SWQ THUNDER – Brent Pedlow sees his looping header from a free-kick bounce back off the crossbar before Brisbane Strikers clear.

80’ | CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly sees his header go across the face of goal after being picked out at the back post by Chris Maher’s cross.

NPL Queensland Table

The draw lifts Brisbane Strikers to an initial 4th position in a congested National Premier Leagues Queensland table. They could fall to sixth depending on other results, with the final two first round fixtures to be played on Sunday and Tuesday.

Player of the Match

Chris Maher (fullback) – In his first competitive match for the club since his off-season return, the right fullback proved tireless in defence and attack and delivered the assist for Brisbane Strikers’ sole goal of the match.

Reaction

“We’re obviously disappointed with the result because you want to start with three points. We counted that we had 14 attempts at goal today and on another day a few more of those would have gone in. We were a bit unlucky but it is good to have your goal scorers in and around trying to score early in the season.” – Owen Baker, Head Coach

“We had a lot of chances early on and could have put them away but we just weren’t clinical enough. Another day we could have put three away in the first half and it would give a whole different perspective. But we have a few good things to take into the next game as well as a few things to work on and fix.” – Jake McLean, Captain

Did You Know?

  • ·         The result marks the sixth straight season Brisbane Strikers have not won their opening match of the National Premier Leagues Queensland season.
  • ·         SWQ Thunder’s goal was their first ever at Perry Park against Brisbane Strikers – coming in their sixth attempt.

Next Game

Brisbane Strikers return to National Premier Leagues Queensland action on Friday evening when they travel to Cleveland Showgrounds to tackle Redlands United.

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