Report – Redlands United v Brisbane Strikers

Feb 09, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers posted their first win of the National Premier Leagues season on Friday night with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Redlands United.

A goal down at half-time against the run of play, a resilient Brisbane Strikers struck twice in the second half in at times frustrating contest that saw the visitors dominate the chances.

Zach Maltby’s first goal of the season early in the second stanza sparked the fight back before Andy Pengelly netted his second goal in as many weeks from the penalty spot to secure the three points in the closing stages.

Earlier, Mario Perkic delivered Redlands United the lead after capitalising on defensive error less than a minute after Fraser Hills saw an apparent Brisbane Strikers opener ruled out for offside.

The result sees Brisbane Strikers remain undefeated from their opening two matches of the National Premier Leagues season for the first time since the club’s Premiership winning campaign of 2017.

Goals

34’ – REDLANDS UNITED – A long free-kick is miscontrolled by Matt Richardson resulting in Mario Perkic converting a one-on-one finish past Bon Scott

52’ – GOAL – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby controls from Jake McLean’s cross before shaking his marker and squeezing a clinical finish to the far bottom corner.

85’ – GOAL – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly converts from the penalty spot after Zach Maltby was felled in the box contesting a loose ball from a corner kick.

Moments

2’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly heads over the crossbar after being picked out in space in the box by Jake McLean’s cross.

4’ | CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby heads over the crossbar at the near post from a Jake McLean corner kick.

18’ – CHANCE – REDLANDS UNITED – Bon Scott delivers a crucial double-save for Brisbane Strikers to deny Connor McAuley and Shuto Kuboyama from a Redlands counter attack.

22’ – CHANCE – REDLANDS UNITED – Bon Scott makes another sharp stop to push away Toby Hughes far post effort from a Redlands corner.

33’ – DISALLOWED – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills turns the ball across the line after pouncing on a deflected shot but the goal is ruled out for offside.

45’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer touches past onrushing Redlands goalkeeper Jack Richards but his shot clips the post from an acute angle.

59’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills’ regulation shot is fumbled by Redlands goalkeeper Jack Richards, who recovers just inches ahead of Andy Pengelly following through attacking the loose ball.

90’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Josh Matcham dribbles smartly into the box but sends his shot wide of the near post with a late opportunity to ice the result.

NPL Queensland Table

The result lifts Brisbane Strikers to the top of the National Premier Leagues Queensland table ahead of the remainder of Round 2 matches – with five further fixtures to be played across the weekend.

Player of the Match

Jake McLean (midfield) – The Brisbane Strikers captain showed strong leadership on-and-off the pitch by controlling the tempo and distribution on the ball and also rousing the team’s fighting spirit at half-time in the dressing rooms.

Reaction

“Like last week, I am happy with the number of chances we created and we had most of the play through the game. The character and resilience was very good to come back from behind at half-time. The boys deserved the three points and it gets the monkey off our back with our first win of the season. Now it about backing it up next week.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers Head Coach

“We had some really good moments where everything was working and now it is about being more clinical in front of goal. If we can put these chances away I think we can get some runaway games. The scores haven’t flattered us over the past two weeks, but we showed a lot of character and everyone worked their socks off to get the three points.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers Captain

Did You Know?

  • The last time Brisbane Strikers overturned a half-time deficit was also away from home in a 2-1 win over SWQ Thunder in June, 2018.
  • The win was the fourth straight for Brisbane Strikers against Redlands United at their Cleveland Showgrounds home ground and fifth straight against the Red Devils overall in the National Premier Leagues.

Next Game

Brisbane Strikers hit the road again in Round 3 as they travel to Sunshine Coast Stadium to face off against traditional rivals Sunshine Coast FC next Sunday.

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