Report – Brisbane Strikers v Wellington Phoenix

Aug 08, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers are through to the FFA Cup Round of 16 following an epic penalty shoot-out win over Wellington Phoenix.

Owen Baker’s side matched their Hyundai A-League opponents for over two hours in a sometimes feisty contest in the rain at Perry Park to see scores level 2-2 at the end of extra time.

However, Brisbane Strikers shone brightest in the shootout to prevail 4-2 in the sudden death setting – Fraser Hills converting the decisive penalty kick.

Earlier, Brisbane Strikers stunned Wellington Phoenix after Hiroki Omori netted the opener midway through the first half before record-breaking attacker Andy Pengelly doubled the lead early in the second stanza

Wellington Phoenix fought back with goals to Cameron Devlin and Callum McCowatt before Brisbane Strikers rallied throughout extra time before securing the win in the penalty shoot-out.

Goalkeeper Bon Scott was amongst the heroes with two penalty saves – one in extra time and another in the deciding shoot-out.

Brisbane Strikers will now host National Premier Leagues New South Wales side Manly United in the FFA Cup Round of 16, with match details to be confirmed in coming days.

GOALS

25’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori controls at the top of the box before driving home a thunderous strike to open accounts.

55’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A Brisbane Strikers corner is headed out of the goal mouth but only as far as Andy Pengelly who steers it straight into the bottom corner.

59’ – WELLINGTON PHOENIX – Cameron Devlin tucks away a first-time finish after a nod down from David Ball from a free-kick into the box.

71’ – WELLINGTON PHOENIX – A defensive turnover sees the visitors capitalise as Callum McCowatt sends a low strike into the bottom corner from the top of the box.

MOMENTS

9’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori fires a shot from the top of the box after bringing down a half-clearing header but Wellington Phoenix keeper Stefan Marinovic collects on the bounce.

16’ – CHANCE – WELLINGTON PHOENIX – Ben Waine’s cutback results in a shot from close range from David Ball but he his foiled by a sharp stop from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

54’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills supplies Hiroki Omori but his fierce strike deflects wide off a defender.

62’ – CHANCE – WELLINGTON PHOENIX – Callum McCowatt shuffles across the top of the box before sending a shot fizzing past the post.

82’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean’s pass plays Don-gyoo Kim in behind the Nix defences but his strike is pushed wide by Stefan Marinovic

87’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A blistering run from Zach Maltby results in a teed up pass for Jake McLean but his shot is just high of the target.

99’ – CHANCE – WELLINGTON PHOENIX – Liberato Cacace drives into space outside the box and then sends a low strike just beyond the near post.

105’ – CHANCE – WELLINGTON PHOENIX – A controversial handball decision sends the visitors to the penalty spot but David Ball’s spot kick is denied by a stunning save from Bon Scott before the Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper collects a follow-up effort.

111’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby delivers a stunning run from near half way into the box but his shot is agonisingly wide of the post.

111’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Another strong run into the box by Zach Maltby this time sees him go to ground under pressure from a defender but the penalty appeals are waived away.

120’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills picks out Andy Pengelly in the box but the attacker’s shot is wide of the near post under heavy defensive pressure.

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT

WELLINGTON PHOENIX – Successful spot kicks from Liberato Cacace and Alex Rufer book-ended missed from David Ball and Callum McCowatt, the latter denied by a sharp Bon Scott save down low.

BRISBANE STRIKERS – The hosts converted all four of the penalty kicks without incident through Andy Pengelly, Hiroki Omori, Zach Maltby and Fraser Hills.

CUP JOURNEY

The win sees Brisbane Strikers advance to the FFA Cup Round of 16 for the third time in the club’s history.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Bon Scott – the Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper stole the headlines with his two penalty saves but also shone bright in general play by diffusing a number of corners and crosses and marshalling the backline.

COACH’S REACTION

“Nights like this are why we play. It’s why we sacrifice everything we do at this level. The boys were simply outstanding and mentally I feel we were the stronger team. Our players really got up for the cup.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“In some ways we did it the hard way – we could’ve put it away with the two goal buffer – but in the end it was an unreal way to get the win. There was a bit of drama for the fans and it is definitely up there with some of the best moments I have experienced with Brisbane Strikers.”

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks the first time Brisbane Strikers have defeated a Hyundai A-League club in the FFA Cup after falling just short against a Tim Cahill led Melbourne City in 2016.

NEXT MATCH

Brisbane Strikers now return their attentions to the National Premier Leagues as they travel down the M1 on Saturday night to tackle Gold Coast Knights.

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