Report – SWQ Thunder v Brisbane Strikers

May 19, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers’s mid-season renaissance continued on Saturday night with a commanding 4-1 win over SWQ Thunder in Toowoomba.

Owen Baker’s side notched a fifth straight win in all competitions – and third straight 4-1 scoreline – on the back of a second half goal blitz at Clive Berghofer Stadium led by attacker Andy Pengelly.

Following a stodgy first-half, Brisbane Strikers clicked into gear early in the second stanza with Fraser Hills’ first goal of the season opening accounts.

Andy Pengelly doubled the lead soon after before continuing his recent red-hot scoring form by chiming in twice more to notch his third consecutive National Premier Leagues hat-trick.

The hosts rarely threatened in attack but took consolation from a second half goal to Jackson Courtney-Perkins.

The win continues a strong record for Brisbane Strikers in Toowoomba – winning on five of their six visits to the Garden City since 2014.

GOALS

5 – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A cross from Jake McLean is scuffed by Andy Pengelly straight into the path of an unmarked Fraser Hills to tuck away a composed finish at close range.

56’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher plays in a perfectly timed run from Andy Pengelly and the attacker slots the finish past SWQ Thunder goalkeeper Matthew Eilers

63’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly pounces on a poor pass from SWQ Thunder goalkeeper Matthew Eilers, playing a quick one-two with Jake McLean before converting with an elegant strike.

69’ – SWQ THUNDER – A through-ball from Shota Aizawa plays in the run of Jackson Courtney-Perkins in the box and he converts with a strong finish into the top corner.

83’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A low cross from Hiroki Omori from the left picks out the run of Andy Pengelly at the back stick and he steers it over the line with a first-time finish to secure his hat-trick.

MOMENTS

21’ – APPEALS – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A long-ball over the SWQ Thunder lines is collected on the edge of the penalty area by Matthew Eilers prompting calls for a handball that are dismissed.

30’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly steers a first-time attempt from a corner kick towards goal but it is headed away en route to goal by the SWQ Thunder defence.

34’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Chris Maher’s lobbed pass is controlled on the chest by Andy Pengelly but his shot is wide of the target.

50’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Matthew Richardson rises highest in the box to meet a Jake McLean free kick but his headed effort goes high of the target.

60’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A long clearance from Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott releases Zach Maltby behind the SWQ Thunder lines but his strike on the angle is smothered by Matthew Eilers

72’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A free-kick from Jake McLean picks out Andy Pengelly but his headed effort goes across the face of goal.

86’ – CHANCE – SWQ THUNDER – Wade Hall finds space in broken play at the top of the box but sends his low drive well wide of the target.

87’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Lloyd Cabilan plays in the run of Dong-yoo Kim in the box, who draws a parried save from Matthew Eilers on the angle.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers retain their hold on eighth position on the NPL Queensland table but in striking distance of a move into the top half of the standings in coming weeks.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Jake McLean – the Brisbane Strikers midfield maestro and captain pulled the strings in the central third with another consummate performance that included two assists.

COACH’S REACTION

“The first half was a bit flat and we weren’t really getting much penetration. We wanted to be a bit more aggressive in the second half in attack and that opened the game up a little bit more. It’s never easy going to Toowoomba. We did what we had to do and it was good to score four goals again. Now we turn our attention to the next game.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“It’s always a tough place to come play and it took us a while to solidify ourselves. We got a bit of a spray at half-time and we came out with a better mentality. It was important to get early goals in the second half and put them to bed. Andy Pengelly getting another hat-trick is great and things are really looking up going into the next few games.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brisbane Strikers have now scored three or more goals in their last five matches across the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup – attacker Andy Pengelly netting eleven of the 21 goals scored during the run.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers return to Perry Park on Friday night to tackle the lower-table Redlands United in the National Premier Leagues.

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