Report – Magpies Crusaders v Brisbane Strikers

Aug 25, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have continued their record-breaking ways with an unprecedented 11-0 away win against Mackay & Whistundays Magpies Crusaders United.

Owen Baker’s side dominated from the opening whistle in their first North Queensland trip of the season to silence the Sologinkin Oval home crowd.

The win was the biggest ever by an away team in the seven year history of the National Premier Leagues Queensland. It also marks a club record for all time largest away win in any competition.

Andy Pengelly lead the scoring with a hat-trick – lifting his season’s tally to over 50 goals in all competitions.

Fraser Hills first-half brace and substitute Zach Maltby’s second half double further helped blow out the scoreline.

While Scott Halliday, Hiroki Omori, Chris Maher and Josh Matcham also chimed in with a goal apiece.

The returns in the defensive third were just as impressive with the team recording their first clean sheet since June.

The match is Brisbane Strikers’ final preparation ahead of their highly-anticipated FFA Cup Round of 16 clash with Manly United on Wednesday night at Perry Park.

GOALS

14’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Sharp interchance on the left flank results in Hiroki Omori cutting back for Fraser Hills to poke away the opening goal.

22’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Scott Halliday gets a sight on goal from outside 20 yards and delivers a stunning drive into the top corner.

27’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A pass on the turn in midfield from Jake McLean releases Andy Pengelly in behind the hosts’ lines before a composed one-on-one finish past Magpies Crusaders goalkeeper Mitchell Wright

37’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A series of passes results in Hiroki Omori firing into the bottom corner on the angle from the left side of the box.

45+2’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills outmuscles two defenders to win a scrappy battle for the ball before tucking home a cool-headed finish past the onrushing goalkeeper.

52’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A series of deflections sees the ball roll loose at the back post where a flying Chris Maher rifles the finish into the back of the net.

67’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer releases Zach Maltby in behind before the substitute coolly rounds the onrushing goalkeeper and converts into an empty net.

68’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby delivers a sharp, first-time finish from Scott Halliday’s squared ball following a short-corner routine.

76’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby expertly picks out Andy Pengelly’s run to the back stick with a low ball for a simple tap-in.

85’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly plays forward for the pace of Josh Matcham, who sees his initial effort bounce fortuitously off the onrushing Mitchell Wright enabling him to touch the ball into an empty net.

88’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A lightning transition results in Andy Pengelly wrapping it up with a superb left-footed finish from the top of the box at pace.

MOMENTS

11’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – Michael Lyall attempts a shot on the turn in the penalty area but his foiled by a sharp stop from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

18’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori’s shot-turned-cross from the left forces Magpies Crusaders goalkeeper Mitchell Wright to push the ball around his near post.

19’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – Lathan Dunn winds up an attempt from distance but Bon Scott is up to task in the Brisbane Strikers goal to deny his effort.

29’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher’s squared pass enables a first-time attempt from Andy Pengelly that flashes just wide of the post.

34’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – Michael Lyall forces a turnover before shooting on a tight angle but Bon Scott has his measure with another quality tip away.

39’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Cade McDermott’s fiercely struck drive from outside the box is tipped away by Mitchell Wright.

53’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori’s cross results in a flicked-on shot from Andy Pengelly but it is agonisingly wide.

54’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – Pierce Searle’s close range header is tipped onto the bar by Bon Scott.

63’ – CHANCE – MAGPIES CRUSADERS – Benjamin Coombes’ shot on a tight angle takes a touch off the crossbar as it goes high of the target.

65’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby heads over the crossbar from Ryan Palmer’s well-placed cross.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result has little bearing on the table with Brisbane Strikers already assured of a fifth-placed finish in this year’s competition.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Ryan Palmer – the midfielder was busy throughout the contest and played a crucial role in the build-up to a number goals, especially following the second-half substitutions of senior midfield partners Jake McLean and Fraser Hills.

COACH’S REACTION

“We wanted to build some momentum leading into Wednesday and we certainly did that. The intensity and our application was first-class. It can sometimes be easy to be distracted with the cup game coming up so I’m very happy with the boys. Also, Bon Scott was massive for us early before the game opened up and it was very pleasing to get the clean sheet as well as some nice goals.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brisbane Strikers’ win continues an unbeaten run against Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United that has seen them score 29 goals in just four matches against their north Queensland opponents since their formation last year.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to their mid-week FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Sydney-based club Manly United at Perry Park on Wednesday night.

 

Image supplied by Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United

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