Strikers share the points with Olympic in mid-week thriller

Aug 26, 2020 by

The Brisbane Strikers earned a 2-2 draw with Olympic FC in an entertaining match last night, with both teams exerting their attacking prowess throughout the game.

Having lost their previous match to Peninsula Power 1-0, Strikers came into the game eager to return to winning ways and continue climbing the NPL Queensland ladder.

Olympic meanwhile won their last game 3-2 away to Redlands United.

The game began with the visitors very much on top, as Olympic created several good goalscoring opportunities.

Their pressure quickly paid off with Daniel Leck slotting the ball into the bottom corner to give Olympic the lead.

The reds would then work even more dangerous opportunities with Leck once again coming close only to be denied by a sensational goal-line clearance from Chris Maher.

After a slow Strikers burst into life when Will Kerambrun won the ball back deep in Olympic territory before slotting past Lachlan Hunter to get his side back on level terms.

Going into the break the game was deadlocked at 1-1 before Strikers came out firing once again for the second half, taking the lead just four minutes after the restart thanks to a brilliant team passing move which was finished off by a Scott Halliday header.

The game continued in an end-to-end fashion with Daniel Leck completing his brace just five minutes last after a smartly executed quick freekick by Olympic.

Both sides came close to scoring and retaking the lead late on with Olympic forward Tasuku Sekiya’s outside of the box effort brilliantly denied by Brendan White between the sticks for Strikers.

Jake McLean also coming close to scoring the go-ahead goal, working space on the edge of the box with a clever turn and sending his shot just over the bar.

Neither could find the third goal however as the match finished as a 2-2 draw.

“I’m delighted to score my first goal at Perry Park, it was a great cross from Fraser Hills and it put us 2-1 in an important moment in the game,” says Strikers midfielder Scott Halliday.

“It was a bit of a disappointing start for us, we were too slow and gave them too much time on the ball and then we conceded, but then it was good to see us respond and show that we can match it with anyone in the league when we play our football.”

“It has been a tough run of games for us especially with the mid-week fixture, but we came through it well and put in a good performance tonight.”

“We’ll now do our recovery for Saturday away at the Gold Coast, another good team so it won’t easy but we of course looking to get a result out of that one.”

 

Goals

5’- Olympic FC- A clever through ball from Tasuku Sekiya unlocked the Strikers defence, sending Daniel Leck through on goal with the midfielder finishing coolly to give his side the lead.

31’- Strikers- Some determined pressing from the Strikers forward line allowed Will Kerambrun to steal the ball off Olympic defender Corey Sewell before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

49’- Strikers- A brilliant team move saw the ball start in the hands of Brendan White before six passes later Scott Halliday headed home to put his side 2-1 up.

56’- Olympic FC- After Jez Lofthouse was fouled Tasuku Sekiya quickly took the resulting freekick which allowed Daniel Leck to once again get in behind and his finish for his second goal of the evening.

 

E-Z-Go Man of the Match

Ryan Palmer was named E-Z-Go Man of the Match after a brilliant performance in our midfield. Palmer was at the heart of all the positive attacking moves for Strikers linking the defence to offence all night long.

 

Coaches Reaction

“It was an entertaining game, we started very slowly for the first 15 minutes so we were happy to come into the sheds level at half-time, in the end, I think a point shared is a fair result.”

“Really happy for Will (Kermabrun) to score again, he’s got a lot to learn but also a lot of potential, it was a shame to see him come off injured so we have to get him back on the field as quickly as we can.”

“The group has shown over the last four games against really strong teams that we can’t be taken lightly and that we have lots of quality and we’ve come away from this run feeling like we could have perhaps picked up even more points.”

“Gold Coast away next up is going to be a very tough and physical challenge for us but we just have to keep on taking things one game at a time and do our work, while taking confidence from our recent form.”

– Owen Baker Brisbane Striker Head Coach

 

Next Game

Brisbane Strikers will travel south this weekend taking on Gold Coast United away from home. The match will be played at 6:30pm on Saturday night.

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