Report – Sunshine Coast v Brisbane Strikers

Feb 18, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have extended their unbeaten start to the National Premier Leagues season with a comfortable 4-0 win over Sunshine Coast FC on Sunday.

Brisbane Strikers dominated large parts of the contest at Kawana Western Precinct overcoming an uneven playing surface that challenged their usually fluid possession-based game.

Attacker Andy Pengelly netted in each half to lead the scorers with his maiden brace for the club, while Ryan Palmer and Zach Maltby book-ended their teammate’s haul.

Defensively Strikers were rarely challenged by their bottom-of-the-table opponents, despite experienced centre-half Michael McGowan being forced from the contest in the second half following a head clash.

The result sees Brisbane Strikers equal their best ever start to a National Premier Leagues season – seven points from three games equaling the club’s haul from the 2015 season.

Goals

16’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer opens his season’s tally with a stunning solo run into the box, shaking two defenders before slotting a low finish into the far bottom corner.

19’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fire goalkeeper Eligh Williams miscontrols a backpass allowing the lurching Andy Pengelly to steal the ball from his feet and convert into an empty net.

49’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly converts his second with a composed first-time finish after being picked out by Chris Maher’s cross.

86’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby ices with the result by rising highest amidst a raft of Fire defenders to head home from Nathan Yoon’s cross.

Moments

25’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer draws a low save from Fire goalkeeper Eligh Williams after being released by a lobbed pass down the left flank from Jake McLean

26’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby heads over the cross bar at close range after getting on the end of Jake McLean’s free-kick.

30’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly sends a drive from distance just wide of the post after being found in space by Josh Wilson’s quick free-kick

52’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher steams forward on the counter attack and draws a low save from Eligh Williams with a first-time strike.

68’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly sends a direct free-kick just inches over the cross bar from outside 20 yards.

78’ – CHANCE – SUNSHINE COAST FC – Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott tips away an initial strike from Danny Bailey before Kaelan Debbage scoops the rebound over the crossbar.

90’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Jake McLean attempts an audacious lob from halfway after spotting Eligh Williams off his line but the Fire goalkeeper back tracks to tip the shot over his crossbar.

NPL Queensland Table

The result lifts Brisbane Strikers to third on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table at the conclusion of Round 3 – their highest position at the conclusion of a round to date this season.

Player Of The Match

Andy Pengelly (striker) – A hardworking performance from the young attacker proved crucial in the tough conditions – defending from the front in addition to netting his first ever brace for the club to lift his season’s tally to four goals.

Reaction

“We adapted well to the conditions and controlled the game quite well. It is a small and narrow field without much space and very bumpy. We were happy that we limited them to not many chances which was really good. But it was good to get the goal early in the second half because we have been struggling to kill teams off in recent weeks.” – Owen Baker, head coach

Did You Know?

The result marks the first clean sheet of the season for Brisbane Strikers – the fifth time they have shut-out the Fire at their home ground in seven National Premier Leagues meetings on the Sunshine Coast.

Brisbane Strikers have now won eleven straight meetings with the Fire – a run that stretches back to the 2013 season.

Next Game

Brisbane Strikers face their biggest test of the season to date when they host second-placed Peninsula Power at Perry Park next Saturday night.

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