Reports – Brisbane Strikers v Moreton Bay United

Mar 11, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers delivered their grittiest performance of the season to date to secure a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Moreton Bay United on Saturday night.

Battling a growing injury toll and a physical opponent at Perry Park, Brisbane Strikers’ young squad were buoyed by vocal home support to end their two-match losing streak.

Both sides spurned chances to break the deadlock in each half of the contest, while Brisbane Strikers also overcame second half injures to defender Matt Richardson and captain Jake McLean to secure the much-need point.

The injury toll added to the injury-forced omissions of regular starting midfielder Fraser Hills, defensive talisman Michae McGowan and fullback Hiroki Omori.

The result sees Brisbane Strikers remain without a win at home this season from four attempts, while Moreton Bay United remain winless since the opening round of the campaign.

MOMENTS

4’ – CHANCE – MORETON BAY UNITED – Riley Campbell sends a low shot beyond the far post after finding space inside the box.

17’ – CHANCE – MORETON BAY UNITED – Riley Campbell’s touch on opens up a shot on the angle from Dongyoo Kim but his low strike is saved by goalkeeper Bon Scott.

18 – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A strong run through midfield by Sebastian Scaroni results in an opening for Zach Maltby on the right side of the box but his shot is high of the target.

20’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Josh Matcham cuts inside his marker on the left edge of the box and draws a save from Moreton Bay United goalkeeper Christopher Coueson

24’ – CHANCE – MORETON BAY UNITED – A corner kick sees Riley Campbell’s header cleared off the line by Josh Matcham at the back post before Bon Scott tips away a follow-up effort from Rhys Gwynn-Jones with a sharp save.

29’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – After a number of half-chances, Jake McLean shoots wide from the top of the box under heavy pressure after being teed up by Josh Matcham.

39’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Josh Matcham evades the attentions of three Moreton Bay United defenders with a strong run into the box before drawing a save from Christopher Coueson on a tight angle.

60’ – CHANCE – MORETON BAY UNITED – Bon Scott delivers another strong save to deny a one-on-one attempt from Moreton Bay United’s Declan Smith

62’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby delivers a pin-point cross to find Josh Matcham in space at the far post in the box but he can’t turn the header on target.

64’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Zach Maltby cuts a swathe through the Moreton Bay United defence before hitting a low strike that goalkeeper Christopher Coueson reels in just inches from crossing over the goal line.

80’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – Andy Pengelly draws a save with a looping header from a corner kick

89’ – CHANCE – BRISBANE STRIKERS – A sweeping passing movement opens up a shot for Zach Maltby late on but his shot is blocked by Alexandre Tabillon.

NPL QUEENSLAND TABLE

Brisbane Strikers move up to eighth on the National Premier Leagues Queensland table, after dropping out of the top four in recent weeks.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Bon Scott (goalkeeper) – Returning to the starting eleven, the composed gloveman delivered a typically top-shelf performance with a number of crucial saves proving vital to securing his second clean sheet of the season.

REACTION

“It was chalk and cheese compared to last week and I was really happy that we kept a clean sheet. The lads probably deserved more than a point because I thought we threatened the box well. The work rate was high and the players left nothing on the field. Those are the expectations of playing for this club and we have to take these positives into next week and the rest of the season.” – Owen Baker, Brisbane Strikers head coach

“It was a big improvement. Everyone rallied and there was more commitment across the whole team and the young boys really stepped up today. The fans were talking about the refs a bit but they are just doing their job – the good thing was that didn’t get in the boy’s heads at all and we just kept going. It was very positive.” – Jake McLean, Brisbane Strikers captain

DID YOU KNOW?

The introduction of second half substitutes Tana Entrop and Danilo Kovacevic marked their respective senior debuts for Brisbane Strikers, while fullback Matt Gordon, midfielder Sebastien Scaroni and winger Josh Matcham also made their first starts this season.

NEXT GAME

Brisbane Strikers will play their fourth consecutive home game when they host defending National Premier Leagues Queensland Champions Lions FC next Saturday night at Perry Park.

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