Strikers come out on top in dramatic derby

Sep 28, 2020 by

The Brisbane Strikers returned to winning ways on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over Brisbane City in what was a thrilling derby match.

The match began with Strikers in control moving the ball with speed and purpose not allowing City to settle into the match.

This pressure quickly paid of as a fantastic passing move by Strikers ended with Fraser Hills splitting the City back four with a perfect through pass before Taye Jackson tucked the ball into the bottom corner and opened the scoring.

Strikers continued to perform well and put pressure on the City goal with Jake McLean and Fraser Hills both coming close to doubling the Strikers’ lead.

Towards the end of the half City started the claw their way back into the game with a few late opportunities and Samuel Sibatuara coming closest after cutting in from the left side and flashing an effort across the face of goal.

The half finished with Strikers leading 1-0 but with City growing in confidence a second goal would be crucial.

With that in mind, Strikers began the second half with renewed energy immediately putting the hosts under pressure with Taye Jackson once again getting in behind winning a penalty after his attempted cross was blocked by the hand of a City defender.

Fraser Hills stepped up for the resulting spot-kick, slotting the ball confidently into the corner to put Strikers 2-0 up.

With Strikers in fantastic form, it seemed as though a comfortable victory was to come but a red card to captain Jake McLean put the game right back into the balance giving City renewed confidence.

The remaining half hour of the match saw City put Strikers under considerable pressure with the visitors working extremely hard to hold onto their lead.

After 20 minutes of dogged defending by Strikers City broke through and won a penalty which Samuel Sibatuara slotted home to bring the hosts within one goal of an equaliser.

City then came within inches of a second goal just minutes later with Matt Richardson producing a brilliant goal-line clearance to keep Strikers ahead.

Despite the difficult circumstances Strikers held out for a vital win and derby day bragging rights with the final score 2-1 in their favour.

“We’re so happy with tonight, we’ve been working so hard the last few weeks we’ve had so many draws recently so its so rewarding to come away with three points in a big derby,” says Strikers forward Taye Jackson.

“As a team with one man down to fight so hard was a credit to us and in the end, I think we deserved the win.”

“That’s probably my best performance in Strikers shirt, we wanted to come out of the blocks strongly, so I was delighted to score the first goal early and then winning the penalty.”

“As an attacking player you want to be involved in all the goals so I couldn’t be happier.”



14’- Brisbane Strikers- Taye Jackson was sent through by Fraser Hills and finished a fantastic team move with a composed strike into the bottom corner.

50’- Brisbane Strikers- After Taye Jackson won a penalty Fraser Hills stepped up to the spot and made no mistake.

82’- Brisbane City- Marquez Walters won a penalty for City which was tucked home by Samuel Sibatuara.


Man of the Match

Ethan Docherty was named man of the match after an accomplished all-around performance in the centre of midfield linking up with the forwards and being solid defensively.


Next Game

Strikers will play their third away match in a row next Saturday night against Moreton Bay United at Wolter Park with that match kicking-off at 7:00pm.


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