Report – Brisbane Strikers v Western Pride

Sep 01, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have concluded their National Premier Leagues 2019 season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Western Pride.

After conceding the opening goal, Brisbane Strikers quickly levelled terms at Perry Park before the sides settled for a share of the points as Western Pride unsuccessfully sought to stave off relegation.

Stand-in captain Chris Maher delivered the sole goal for Brisbane Strikers late in the first half with a stinging strike on the angle.

Just minutes earlier, Killian Flavin netted the opener for Western Pride with a fortunate finish against the run of play.

A frustrating second stanza produced half-chances for both sides with neither able to find the back of the net and Brisbane Strikers denied a confident penalty claim late in the contest.

The result extends Brisbane Strikers unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions.

GOALS

33’ – WESTERN PRIDE – Killian Flavin runs onto a cut back from Mustafa Jafari and pokes a first-time finish in off the post despite Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott getting a touch on the shot.

36 – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher plays a clever one-two with Andy Pengelly after cutting in from the right flank and then drives home a strong finish.

MOMENTS

2’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly meets Hiroki Omori’s floated cross to the back stick but his header is just over the crossbar

13’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby rises high to meet Ryan Palmer’s cross but his effort is straight at Western Pride goalkeeper Griffin Bambach.

20’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills winds up a strike from outside the penalty area but Griffin Bambach again makes the stop.

34’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer finds space 20 yards out from goal but his effort fades just wide of the post.

55’ – CHANCE – WESTERN PRIDE – Alex Parson’s free-kick bounces back off the frame of the goal before Matt Richardson clears it behind to ease the danger.

63’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Josh Matcham dispossesses Western Pride defender Gabriel Hawash to create a one-on-one opportunity but his shot is denied by the back post.

80’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher is brought down in the box just as he is about to shoot by a slide tackle from Anthony Sarramea but the appeals for a penalty are waived away.

87’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Danilo Kovacevic controls a partial clearance 25 yards out and goes in search of the top corner but his effort is just high of the target.

NPL TABLE

Brisbane Strikers finish the season in fifth position with 46 competition points from 14 wins and four draws in their 28 matches.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Chris Maher – taking the captain’s armband from the rested Jake McLean, the fullback delivered a typically busy performance in attack and defence and netted the home side’s sole goal of the match.

COACH’S REACTION

“There are some valuable lessons from tonight we can take into our next FFA Cup game and there were positives – including getting some minutes into some young players including 16-year-old Danilo Kovacevic. We are disappointed because we would have liked to finish on a win but getting everyone through is probably bigger than the result for us.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“We’ve come a long way this season. We were against a team fighting against relegation and you could tell they were up for it. We had to try and match that and probably didn’t do that for long enough spells. Of course, we wanted the momentum of another win but it wasn’t to be. Personally, it was nice to get on the score sheet again and I’ve been getting more comfortable with getting forward this season.” – Chris Maher, Brisbane Strikers captain

DID YOU KNOW?

The result bookends the season after Brisbane Strikers also recorded a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the league campaign against SWQ Thunder in February.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers will now turn their attention to their FFA Cup Quarter Final against Victorian outfit Moreland Zebras at Perry Park on September 18.

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