Strikers raring to go for derby with City

Sep 25, 2020 by

After enjoying a week of rest with last weekend’s bye round, the Brisbane Strikers are ready for a crucial derby game with Brisbane City away from home on Saturday night.

Prior to the bye, Strikers earned a 1-1 draw away from home to NPL Champions Gold Coast Knights in a strong showing.

Brisbane City by contrast were left frustrated by a 3-2 loss to Peninsula Power last week despite a good performance, with an 87th minute Andy Pengelly winner the only difference between the two sides.

This will be the second meeting of these two teams this season, with Brisbane City winning that match at Perry Park 2-1 back in February.

“The boys needed that rest, they were working very hard before the break and the last match against Knights was a big effort,” says Strikers Head Coach Owen Baker.

“The boys have done their recovery and have looked refreshed this week in training so hopefully we can take that out onto the pitch this Saturday.

“As a whole, our performances in recent weeks have been good but it’s just fine margins, we need to eliminate those mistakes and the biggest thing is when we’re on top in games is to take our chances.

“Every game is a cup final for us now, Brisbane City are a strong side with dangerous attacking players and they’ll be desperate to get a result at their home ground so we need to match that with our own enthusiasm and hopefully come away with the points.”

Strikers defender Michael McGowan also expressed eagerness to back in the winner’s column.

“Our games with City are always very competitive, there’s a lot on the line in this one so both teams will come out strong,” McGowan said.

“I’m always confident that we can get the win, the work that we’ve been putting in will pay off soon enough and hopefully that’s this weekend.”

 

Match Details

National Premier Leagues Queensland

Round 16

Brisbane City v Brisbane Strikers

Saturday 26th of August

5:30 pm kick-off @ Corporate Travel Management Stadium, Newmarket

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