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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


“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


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.


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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