Report – Western Pride v Brisbane Strikers

May 12, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers have posted back-to-back league wins for the first time since February following a commanding 4-1 result against Western Pride in Ipswich.

Owen Baker’s side were rarely threatened at Briggs Road Sports Complex as they dominated their bottom-of-the-table opponents – scoring twice in each half to claim the three points.

Forward Andy Pengelly led the returns with his second consecutive hat-trick for Brisbane Strikers. The haul lifted his tally to 17 goals in all competitions so far this season.

Earlier, Korean mid-season recruit Dong-yoo Kim opened accounts for Brisbane Strikers with his first ever goal for the club.

Brisbane Strikers dominated possession and defended solidly through-out the contest, however, a possible second straight clean sheet was spoiled by a late consolation goal from Western Pride’s Alex Parsons.

The result sees Brisbane Strikers extend a rich vein of form – undefeated in their last four games and scoring in their last eight games in all competitions.

The match marks the half-way point of the National Premier Leagues Queensland season, with Brisbane Strikers now having played all teams in the league once.

GOALS

20’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A lobbed ball from Jake McLean plays Dong-yoo Kim in behind the Western Pride line and the Korean attacker capitalises with a strong finish.

29’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Another lobbed pass from Jake McLean finds Andy Pengelly in the box and the striker directs a delicate headed finish past onrushing Western Pride goalkeeper Griffin Bambach.

84’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Dong-yoo Kim is clipped in the box by Killian Flavin to earn a penalty, which is duly dispatched into the top corner by Andy Pengelly.

89’ – WESTERN PRIDE – The hosts surge forward on the counter attack resulting in Alex Parsons converting a first-time finish after being teed up by Jacob Advaney.

90’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A killer pass from Jake McLean splits the Western Pride defenders to meet Andy Pengelly’s run into the box and enabling the attacker rifles home the finish on the burst.

MOMENTS

6’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly is fouled as Brisbane Strikers surge forward. Advantage is played briefly but just as Dong-yoo Kim fires into the top corner the whistle is blown and play is brought back for the initial infringement.

16’ – WESTERN PRIDE – A counter-attack from the hosts results in a shot from Nicholas Hansen forcing Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott to tip the ball around his near post.

32’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Ryan Palmer slips a ball through the lines for Andy Pengelly but onrushing Western Pride goalkeeper Griffin Bambach gets enough on it to deflect the shot wide.

44’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Fraser Hills touches on cleverly to find Ryan Palmer in space in the box but the midfielder’s placed shot is denied by the base of the far post.

60’ – WESTERN PRIDE – A long range drive from Josh Wilson makes its way through the defensive traffic before being parried away by Brisbane Strikers goalkeeper Bon Scott.

61’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Dong-yoo Kim unleashes a series of step-overs to shake his marker and find space on the box but his shot from a tight angle is blocked by Griffin Bambach.

73’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly shows strength to turn on his marker and draw a divin save from Griffin Bambach. The rebound opens up a shot from Jake McLean but it is charged down by the Western Pride defence.

85’ – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Substitute Zach Maltby skirts the attentions of a pair of Western Pride defenders on the byline from a throw-in but the resulting angle proves too tight as his shot hits the side-netting.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

The result sees Brisbane Strikers maintain their hold on eighth position in the league standings but they move to within two points of a return to the top half of the table behind Moreton Bay United.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Jake McLean – a strong all-round performance from the Brisbane Strikers midfielder and captain was highlighted by delivering assists for the three goals scored from open play.

COACH’S REACTION

“It’s never easy to play a team in a relegation battle on their home field. We did well to get to 2-0 in the first half but that can be a tricky score line so it was good to get the third. Ultimately, we did what we had to do but we weren’t at our best and it was a bit disappointing to not keep the clean sheet at the end.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers coach.

CAPTAIN’S REACTION

“It is always a hard place to play at Briggs Road so it is good to come away with the three points. At the start of the year a game like would’ve been closer because we weren’t putting away our chances. We are playing as a complete team at the moment and it was pleasing we are turning these games into wins. We have a run of winnable games coming up and it is time to start climbing up the table.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers

DID YOU KNOW?

The result marks Brisbane Strikers first win over Western Pride since the 2016 season – ending a four game winless run against the Ipswich-based club.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers now turn their attention to the FFA Cup on Tuesday night when they make the short journey to tackle fellow mid-table National Premier Leagues Queensland side Eastern Suburbs FC.

 

Image supplied by Chris Simpson / Western Pride FC

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