Report – Gold Coast Knights v Brisbane Strikers

Aug 11, 2019 by

A valiant Brisbane Strikers have fallen to a frustrating 3-0 defeat to Gold Coast Knights in the National Premier Leagues on Saturday night.

Backing up just days after their penalty shoot-out FFA Cup win, Brisbane Strikers proved less clinical than their fresher opponents at the Croatian Sports Centre in a match marred by blustery conditions.

Brisbane Strikers dominated the early scoring chances before Roman Hofmann delivered the hosts a single goal half-time lead in the hard-fought contest.

Further goals to Adam Endean and Max Brown then sealed the win in the second half for Gold Coast Knights.

Brisbane Strikers coach Owen Baker fielded a number of squad players in the clash as he balances his side’s commitments in two competitions.

The result brings to a close a three-match winning run for Brisbane Strikers in all competitions.

GOALS

28’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Roman Hofmann’s drive is initially denied by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott but he follows through to capitalise on the rebound at close range.

69’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – A breakaway counter-attack sees Bon Scott get a hand to a low strike from Jaydan Prasad but it falls into the path of Adam Endean to tap home into an empty net.

81’ – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – A set-piece routine sees Sam Smith draw the goalkeeper before delivering a squaring ball for Max Brown to convert at close range.

MOMENTS

3’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A loose ball from a corner kick is picked up by Dong-yoo Kim but his strike sails high of the target.

13’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby draws a low save from Gold Coast Knights goalkeeper Josh Langdon after a strong run into the box.

22’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean finds Dong-yoo Kim in space in the box but his angled strike is claimed by Josh Langdon in goal.

33’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – Bon Scott sees off a consecutive corners from the hosts with a pair of sharp saves.

42’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills picks out Dong-yoo Kim at the top of the box but his resulting shot is pushed wide by Josh Langdon.

47’ – CHANCE – GOLD COAST KNIGHTS – A cross-turned-shot from Matthew Schmidt is pushed onto the crossbar by Bon Scott.

89’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean winds up a snap shot from outside the penalty area but Langdon saves it on the bounce.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers remain firm in fifth position in the league standings, with a five point advantage over Gold Coast United and Redlands United.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Michael McGowan – the burly defender backed up strongly with a tireless 90 minutes in the backline to stifle the Knights attackers for extended periods of the match.

COACH’S REACTION

“Physically and mentally it was always going to be tough. I was happy with how we started but we missed a couple of chances and it might have been different if they went in. It was good to get more minutes into a few players but we will be a better for a full week’s recovery ahead of the next game.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

DID YOU KNOW?

The match marks Brisbane Strikers first defeat on the Gold Coast in over two years.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers will return to Perry Park next weekend to host cross-river rivals – and fellow FFA Cup Round of 16 qualifiers – Olympic FC in the National Premier Leagues.

Image supplied by Gold Coast Knights/East End Digital

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