Strikers come out on top in 5 goal thriller against Redlands

Aug 02, 2020 by

The Brisbane Strikers secured their first post-lockdown win last night, beating Redlands United 3-2 away from home, in what was a thoroughly entertaining contest.

Coming off the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw with Sunshine Coast Wanderers at home last week, Strikers were highly motivated to make a statement with a strong performance.

Strikers got off to the worst possible start however as some skilful dribbling from Redlands winger Robert Kramer allowed him to fire the home side in front with just 5 minutes played.

The deficit did not last long, however, as quickfire goals from forwards Ollie Smith and Fraser Hills in the 11th and 15th minutes respectively, turned the game on its head and put Strikers in front.

Strikers continued to play well against a hardworking and organised Redlands side for the remainder of the first half and would take their one-goal advantage into the break.

The second-half was a back and forth affair with both sides working opportunities.

It would be Redlands to make the breakthrough, unfortunately, as Robert Kramer once again got his name on the score sheet, firing a volley into the top corner to get the home side back on level terms.

Strikers then responded in the perfect fashion, as Michael Ndjekompte was sent through after a fantastic Jake McLean pass and put his side back in front, just one minute after being brought on as a substitute.

Tensions were high for the remaining 15 minutes of the game, with a mini-scuffle resulting in Redland defender Noah Hitchcock being sent off for a second bookable offence in the 89th minute but ultimately Strikers saw the game out picking up a vital 3 points away from home.

 

Goals

5’- Redlands United- Robert Kramer picked up the ball from the right side and created space for himself with fantastic dribbling, before firing a shot into the bottom corner to put the home side in front.

11’- Brisbane Strikers- Youngster Nodan Thapa won a freekick deep in the opposition half which was whipped into the box by Jake McLean before being headed home by Ollie Smith.

15’- Brisbane Strikers- A fantastic build-up sequence saw Nodan Thapa pick out overlapping fullback Chris Maher with a switch ball, who then delivered an inch-perfect cross to the head of Fraser Hills who made no mistake with the finish.

72’- Redlands United- A fantastic delivery from Redlands captain Tomas Ross picked out the danger man Robert Kramer who completed his brace which a brilliant volleyed finish.

75’- Brisbane Strikers- Another example of great build-up play ended with Jake McLean sending Michael Ndjekompte through on goal with a deft touch before the substitute finished clinically into the bottom, just one minute after coming off the bench.

 

E-Z-Go Man of the Match

Ryan Palmer took home E-Z-Go Man of the Match honours after a brilliant performance in the midfield. Always a consistent and reliable contributor, Palmer caused Redlands problems all night long by linking the defence and attack for Strikers, making the lives of his teammates easier by doing the basics right.

 

Coaches’ Reaction

“The boys worked very hard tonight and I was really happy with how we played in the first half.”

Redlands are a well-coached team and, in the end, we had to show some great spirit to hold onto the win.”

“It’s never easy going a goal down as we did but aside from that, I think the first half was some of the best football we’ve played all year, our combination and build-ups were fantastic and we were causing Redlands all kinds of problems.”

“You can never switch off so that fact that we didn’t kill the game off earlier made things a little nervy towards the end.”

“You ask your subs to make an impact on the game whoever it is and it was a great reaction from the team straight they scored and it was a great finish from Michael (Ndjekompte), he deserves it he’s been working hard and it was the perfect time to grab a goal.”

 

Interesting Facts

17-year-old Strikers academy graduate Nodan Thapa was named as a first-team starter for the first time last night, performing brilliantly in our midfield and earning praise from his teammates and Strikers coaching staff.

“Nodan is a Striker Junior and knows the club as well as anyone, said Owen Baker when asked about the teenager’s performance.

“He deserved his starting debut tonight I thought he was outstanding and he’s only going to get better.”

“He was really good tonight, he’s been great in training so he really earnt his spot tonight and showed today on the field that he can play with the big boys,” said teammate Michael Ndjekompte.

There was also a first-team debut made by fellow teenager Will Kerambrun, who came off the bench, as coach Owen baker continues to show a willingness to give opportunities to young players this season.

 

Next Game

Strikers will have to back up a winning display in a tough matchup with NPL QLD giants Olympic FC, traveling to Goodwin Park next Sunday for a 6 pm kick-off.

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