Report – Lions FC v Brisbane Strikers

May 02, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers’ FFA Cup campaign remains alive after a thrilling 3-1 extra time win over National Premier Leagues rivals Lions FC on Wednesday night.

With the teams in a scoreless deadlock after 90 minutes at Lions Stadium, Brisbane Strikers held their nerve in two tense halves of extra time to advance to Round 6 of the national knock-out competition.

Brisbane Strikers struck twice in the first period of extra time – captain Jake McLean capitalising on an error from Lions FC goalkeeper Luke Borean for the opener before Josh Matcham’s one-on-one finish doubled the advantage.

Lions ensured a nail-biting finish by pulling a goal back through Danny Kim, however, Brisbane Strikers dramatically sealed the result with a break-away finish from Ryan Palmer in the final seconds of the contest.

The result was punctuated by a resilient defensive showing from Brisbane Strikers as Strikers defensive lines repeatedly frustrated the Lions FC attack on their home turf.

The result continues Brisbane Strikers’ strong record against fellow former National Soccer League club Lions FC in knock-out competitions – advancing in all four cup competition ties between the clubs dating back to 1996.

GOALS

93’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Lions FC goalkeeper makes an error playing out from the back and gifts the ball to Jake McLean, who then opportunistically rockets the finish into the back of the net from the top of the box.

100’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A defence-splitting lobbed pass from his own half by Fraser Hills releases Josh Matcham in behind the Lions FC lines resulting in a composed one-on-one finish.

105’ – LIONS FC – Danny Kim times his leap best in a crowded penalty area to head the ball across the lin from Andy Thompson’s floated free-kick.

120+2′ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – With Lions FC committed forward at the death, Hiroki Omori’s clearance plays Ryan Palmer into a one-on-one with the back-tracking Luke Borean – the midfielder keeping his cool to slot a low finish to seal the win.

MOMENTS

5’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Jheison Macuace latches onto a long ball and bears down on goal on a slight angle but he sprays his shot beyond the far post.

12’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills shows clever control and perseverance at the top of the box to fashion space for a shot but is denied by Lions FC goalkeeper Luke Borean

18’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott makes a strong save to deny a long range strike from Mitch Hore.

27’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean hits the crossbar with a fierce volleyed strike before Andy Pengelly miscues his follow-up into the arms of Luke Borean.

29’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Marek Madle fires on the turn at the top of the box and sees his effort skim the top of the crossbar.

49’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Marek Madle sends a first-time effort wide at the near post from Nathan Reardon’s cross.

75’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean sees his strike in the box blocked before Ryan Palmer forces Luke Borean to save after his first-time pounce on the deflection.

87’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean’s full-blooded strike looks destined for the goal but is accidentally blocked en route by teammate Josh Matcham who couldn’t duck in time.

97’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Andy Thompson sends a dipping free-kick over the crossbar from just inside 25 yards out.

110’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Bon Scott makes a stunning save to deny Mitch Hore at close range after the Lions midfielder volleys a loose ball amidst a goal mouth scramble.

111’ – CHANCE – LIONS FC – Bon Scott delivers another crucial stop to push away Chris Hatfield’s headed effort from inside ten yards.

REACTION

“It was nervy but we got there in the end. I said to the boys to make sure that after 80 minutes we are still in the game because it always gets a bit crazy in the final ten minutes of a cup game and that certainly happened going into extra time. The boys showed tremendous fitness, determination and character after playing only three days ago against Olympic. They executed the game plan perfectly.“ – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach

“It was the first time outside the Round of 32 where I think a Brisbane Strikers team wasn’t expected to win. We grasped that and played a bit more freely but the whole team really put in the work which was great to see. Momentum is a big thing in football and we want to keep this going now in both the FFA Cup and the league.“ – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain

POTENTIAL NEXT ROUND OPPONENTS

Brisbane Strikers are joined in Round 6 of the south east Queensland qualifying zone by fellow National Premier Leagues teams Peninsula Power, Olympic FC, Eastern Suburbs and Moreton Bay United, in addition to Football Queensland Premier League clubs Logan Lightning and Holland Park Hawks.

A further five ties will be played in the coming week determine the final 12 teams seeking the three qualification spots in the national stages of the competition.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brisbane Strikers are the only Queensland-based former National Soccer League club remaining in this year’s FFA Cup, after Brisbane City joined Lions FC in making a Round 5 exit.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers return their attentions to the National Premier Leagues when they host twelfth placed Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United on Saturday night at Perry Park.

Image supplied by Lions FC / Aqua PD

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