Report – Moreton Bay United v Brisbane Strikers

Jun 24, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have continued their impressive run of form with a composed 3-0 win over Moreton Bay United at Wolter Park.

The result marks a second straight away win in the National Premier Leagues for Brisbane Strikers and strengthens the team’s position in the top half of the competition table.

In a hard-fought contest, Brisbane Strikers dominated possession and proved more clinical than a Moreton Bay United side that finished the match with ten men following the second-half dismissal of Ben Harris.

Club leading goal scorer Andy Pengelly delivered the opener for Brisbane Strikers just before half-time – finishing off a sweeping, full-field counter-attack.

Moreton Bay United goalkeeper Chris Couesnon made a number of saves to keep his side in the contest before Owen Baker’s side capitalised on their numerical advantage with two goals following the sending off.

Fraser Hills’ doubled the lead with a pin-point lob to net his third goal in as many games, before substitute Dong-yoo Kim iced the win in the final minutes in his return to the match day squad.

While Moreton Bay United weren’t without chances to score, they were left frustrated by a stoic Brisbane Strikers backline that held firm to record their fifth clean sheet of the campaign.

GOALS

45+1’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher wins possession in the defensive third to commence a full-field counter attack that is finished coolly by Andy Pengelly on the back of an assist from Jake McLean

81’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills receives the ball in space at the top of the box and sends a pin-point lob over the head of Moreton Bay United goalkeeper Chris Couesnon

90’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A lobbed ball from Cade McDermott finds Zach Maltby

MOMENTS

18’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A back heel from Jake McLean plays in the run of Hiroki Omori and his shot draws a low save from Moreton  Bay United goalkeeper Chris Couesnon

21’ – CHANCE – MORETON BAY UNITED – A loose ball in the penalty area falls kindly for Riley Campbell but he pushes his first time effort wide of the target.

27’ – CHANCE – MORETON BAY UNITED – Riley Campbell controls a lobbed pass in the box and looks to chip advancing Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott but his shot is wide of the far post.

40’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – After forcing the hosts to turn the ball over in their own third, Fraser Hills lays the ball off for Andy Pengelly but he skews his shot high and wide.

45’ – CHANCE – MORETON BAY UNITED – Declan Smith blazes high of the target after being picked out by a low cross ten yards out from goal.

60’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills threads a ball through for the angled run of Andy Pengelly but his first time shot is parried away by Moreton Bay United goalkeeper Chris Couesnon.

63’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Hiroki Omori controls a loose ball in the box and lays off for Andy Pengelly but he again sees his angle shot denied by Moreton Bay United goalkeeper Chris Couesnon.

70’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher picks out Andy Pengelly with a low cross from the right but

73’ – RED CARD – MORETON BAY UNITED – Ben Harris fouls Chris Maher as he looks to burst through on goal on the counter-attack and is shown his second yellow card of the contest, resulting in his dismissal.

79’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills supplies another run by Andy Pengelly into the box but he sees his shot pushed around the post by Moreton Bay United goalkeeper Chris Couesnon.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Scott Halliday – the young midfielder delivered a hard-working performance in both attacking and defensive transition to lay the ground work for a range of strong performances for his teammates.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers retain their hold on seventh position in the league standings and move within a point of Gold Coast United and Eastern Suburbs in fifth and sixth respectively.

COACH’S REACTION

“We had a lot of control of the game and we needed that because Moreton Bay are very good on the counter-attack. It was very good to dominate centrally through Cade McDermott and Scott Halliday and have control of the game that allowed for others to play high up the pitch. It was also really good to get the clean sheet because we have been punished for our mental lapses this season – but it isn’t just about the back four and we really defended from the front tonight.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“We didn’t have the best start to the game but we got the goal and we were strong through the second half. It’s good to have a couple of good performances against the same team in a season and not conceding a goal in that is also great for the confidence. We’ve only lost twice to the same team on one occasion this year and that is something we want to continue.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks the first time Brisbane Strikers have kept a team scoreless over both home and away fixtures this National Premier Leagues season – the first time they have achieved the feat since 2017.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers will end their four-week run of away fixtures when they host second-placed Lions FC at Perry Park on Saturday night.

 

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