Report – Gold Coast United v Brisbane Strikers

Jun 16, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have returned to winning ways in the National Premier Leagues with a composed 4-1 win over Gold Coast United on Saturday night.

The win is the second for Brisbane Strikers on the Gold Coast in just over a week after their emphatic advance to the FFA Cup Round of 32 last Friday.

Andy Pengelly lead the scorers with a second-half brace for Brisbane Strikers, adding to goals from midfield duo Jake McLean and Fraser Hills.

However, it was a strong defensive showing that laid the foundation for the win as Brisbane Strikers stifled the hosts for extended periods on the testing Coplick Family Sports Park pitch.

Hills opened the scoring with an opportunistic first-half finish before McLean – playing in his 100th match for Brisbane Strikers – doubled the lead with a stunning long-range strike early in the second stanza.

Gold Coast United briefly fought back into the match through a second half header from Dean Wernerson.

However, two further goals from Pengelly in the final quarter hour sealed the points as he lifted his National Premier Leagues tally to 19 goals for the season.

Brisbane Strikers have now lost just once in their past ten matches in all competitions.

GOALS

19’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills steers the ball across the line at close range after Andy Pengelly’s initial header bounces back off the underside of the crossbar.

53’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean wins the ball in midfield before spotting Gold Coast United goalkeeper Duro Dragicevic off his line and delivering a pin-point lobbed finish from 40 yards out.

73’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – Dean Wernerson heads the ball across the line at the back post from Conor Smith’s corner kick.

75’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A strong run from Chris Maher results in the fullback drawing a foul in the box from Dean Wernerson, allowing Andy Pengelly to convert the resulting penalty kick.

89’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly picks off a pass from Gold Coast United defender Dean Wernerson and coolly slots the resulting one-on-one finish past goalkeeper Duro Dragicevic

MOMENTS

8’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills finds space at the top of the penalty area for the first shot of the contest but he sends his effort wide.

34’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean chances his arm from distance but his strike fades wide of the target.

37’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – A tame shot from Tyler Wagstaffe takes a bobble and eludes the grasp of Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott but defender Michael McGowan wins the race to the loose ball to clear.

44’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher’s strong run results in a squaring ball from the byline for Andy Pengelly at close range but the ball takes a bobble and he sends his first-time shot high.

57’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A free-kick results in a snapshot from Michael McGowan but it proves a defender’s finish as he skews the effort wide.

87’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – The second phase of a corner kick sees Brandon Reeves head wide of the target at the back post for the hosts.

90+2’ – GOLD COAST UNITED – Junya Yabe shoots on the turn for the hosts in the dying stages of the contest but his effort clangs off the crossbar.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers move to seventh on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table, moving two points ahead of next week’s opponents, Moreton Bay United.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result returns Brisbane Strikers goal difference to positive territory for the first time since early March.

COACH’S REACTION

“The conditions were tough and Gold Coast are a very physical and well-drilled team and you can see why teams have struggled to take points at their ground. But we managed the game very well and it is a fantastic result on the back of last week. It helps that we are a bit more stable with our starting eleven lately but the boys coming off the bench are doing a fantastic job as well. As a squad we are showing our depth.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“Gold Coast beat us at our home earlier this year, so it was nice to get a bit of revenge on them. It was a hard game and the pitch was a bit difficult so the boys really had to put the effort in and the result shows they did that. Personally, to get a goal in my 100th game for the club was something a bit special. I’ve been trying to chip a keeper for a while so it’s good to get one to land.“ – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers travel to Wolter Park next Sunday to tackle fellow mid-tablers Moreton Bay United at Wolter Park.

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